Grayce: “This looks like a funny book. It’s weird that the tree was planted in the house. I was very surprised that Mr. Potter brought the tree inside. The funniest part was when the dog nipped Mr. Potter in the pants for trying to bring the cow in too. I give it 4 out of 5 stars, because it’s not nice that the dog nipped him in the bottom.”
I wanted Grayce to read this book because I believe nonsense is a great teaching tool. The world is often nonsensical. Providing a unique viewpoint, especially through an outrageous and funny book like this, helps develop the imagination. What if the tree is lonely? What if we brought a tree in the house? What if the tree broke through the roof and birds joined in the fun? My favorite page is about the birds and through alliteration the author makes the page come alive, “Whippoorwills whistled on the windowsills. Magpies marched across the mantel…” As a parent, I would give a five-star rating to “The Inside Tree” by Linda Smith.