Title: The Things That I LOVE about TREES (Nature Storybooks)
Author: Chris Butterworth
Illustrator: Charlotte Voake
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book, Non-fiction, Nature
Book format: Paperback
Sweet Strawberries: Sweet StrawberrySweet StrawberrySweet StrawberrySweet Strawberry

Description:  Look up, any time of year, and you’ll see changes in the trees – which is just one of the wonderful things to love about them.
Come and discover some more!

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review: This is another great book that’s part of the Nature Storybooks collection of picture books for kids. ‘The Things That I LOVE About TREES’ is a paperback that’s a bit smaller than A4 in size. It’s filled with glossy thick pages that are themselves filled with both illustrations and text. This book focuses on trees and in particular, what happens to them throughout the seasons.

The Things that I love about trees book page image one
©The Strawberry Post


The book follows a girl as she talks about why she loves trees. She begins by talking about trees in spring. Along with her own observations of why she loves trees which is written in large font, there is also smaller text with more details about the various things to do with trees such as mentioning that they use the sun to make food, or how much water they consume in a day (something I didn’t actually know!). This smaller text contains interesting information and for me formed the better parts of the book.

Although the story is simple and fun, I wasn’t really engaged so much in the girl’s tale but rather the more factual info that was dotted around the illustrations. The pictures in this book are good, they are not my favourite style of illustration – I personally prefer more detailed, cuter images, but I did enjoy the way the trees looked and the animals that were pictured on certain pages too. I especially like what is on the outer pages of the book (before and after the story there are double page spreads), there are pictures of different types of leaves with the name of the tree they come from. These double pages alone make the book better and it was fun for me to learn the different leaves.

The Things that I love about trees book page image two
©The Strawberry Post


I do like this book but I just don’t feel as engaged as I have with some of the other Nature Storybooks. It’s a good book to get kids interested in trees and nature though and there is some information for parents and teachers at the back on how the book can be used to help kids learn and get interested. Overall I think it’s a nice book but I’d prefer it too have a bit more detail or a better more engaging story of the girl’s love of trees.

What do you like about trees?  Do you like any other nature inspired books?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂