Written by Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by Mark Teague
Reviewed by Maximilian G (age 7)
Poppleton loves his tree! He tries hard to take care of it. And it looked great! Until one day… suddenly it looked AWFUL! He called a tree doctor. The tree doctor said the tree needed something… but Poppleton doesn’t know what to do. Poppleton’s friends try to help, but nothing works! Does the tree ever get any better? Will it die? Find out in this book!
Poppleton really cares about his tree. He waters it, and gives it a lot of soil. But still it looks awful! The illustrations mean a lot in this story. They make the reader understand why the animals tell Poppleton the wrong advice to help the tree. Cynthia Rylant repeats, “He tapped it. He stroked it. He felt its trunk and leaves”, 2 times in the book. It makes this part important to the story. Poppleton must feel sad that his tree is going to die. I would feel sad if that happened to me! My favorite part is when Poppleton bought a bird feeder and all different kinds of birds came to Poppleton’s tree! A sparrow came, a bluebird, and a cardinal came too.
I recommend this book to people who like books that are happy, then sad, then happier, and happier, and then are really happy! And not only this book is like that. Almost all of the books in this series are like this.