ACHUKA Book of the Day 18 Aug 2021
“At 64 pages, it is longer than most picture books, but Ayisha Malik’s enchanting story of seven sisters living in the tree tops had us captivated throughout. This is largely thanks to the characters themselves, who have been so lovingly brought to life by both the author and illustrator, Erika Meza, that we couldn’t help but feel as if we knew them. This is quite an achievement, considering there are seven of them! It was interesting to notice how each of my girls identified with a different sister in the story. They could easily relate to the sibling squabbles and ups and downs, and I noticed them hiding a small smile of recognition at certain points in the story. Ultimately, the message is powerful one – when we learn to work together , put aside our differences and celebrate each other’s talents, we can truly flourish.”online review
“Read solo or read aloud: there are lessons aplenty in this engaging story that celebrates individual differences, creativity and the joys of community. Having recently enjoyed Ayisha’s adult novel This Green and Pleasant Land I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she also writes for children. Erika Mesa’s mixed media illustrations are wonderfully expressive, full of life and really bring out the girls differing personalities.” RedReadingHub
“I was excited about this longer picture book story as it will appeal to children across several year groups. I would suggest Year 3 to Year 6. There are many opportunities to use this book across the curriculum. It could be used as an end of day, read aloud just for the sheer joy of the characters, story and magnificent illustrations. In PSHE lessons, it could be used to explore differences and diversity as the sisters are all so very different in their personalities and interests. For younger readers it has the opportunity to use the illustrations and interactions of the characters to explore facial expressions and feelings. This would also work for children needing more targeted focus on feelings and accepting others.” ReadingZone
High up in the trees seven sisters swing, swoop and swirl— each totally different and brilliant in their own way. The treetops are full of music, colour and life until one day the ground trembles and the trees shake. Something is changing…
An enchanting story celebrating difference and creativity with stunning illustrations from Erika Meza, a Mexican artist currently based in the UK.
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