Children's Book Review: And the Trees Talked Back by Frederick J. Burns

I love finding children's books to share with our readers!  Today,  I have a heartwarming story in our book review spotlight!  Check out And the Trees Talked Back, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author Frederick J. Burns and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Book Title:  And the Trees Talked Back by Frederick J. Burns
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 48 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Frederick J. Burns
Release date:   Nov 4, 2023
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.


Many of our posts contain affiliate links.
Should you purchase an item via our links--we may receive slight compensation from an
affiliate partner.

About the Book

Meet Amanda, an extraordinary child with a unique gift — she can talk to trees.

Living in a quaint village with a mystical forest, Amanda's life takes an enchanting turn when she seeks out her inquisitive cat, Daisy. As the sun sets and the moonlight casts its glow, the duo embark on a thrilling night-time adventure.

As Amanda encounters ancient trees, she uncovers a world she never knew existed, where wisdom and acceptance coexist with fear and hatred. Amidst the rustling leaves and haunting shadows, she confronts the duality of nature, discovering the true meaning of good and evil. Her bonds with nature deepen and she learns to navigate the world where choices shape destinies.

And The Trees Talked Back is a heartwarming tale of wonder, friendship, and self-discover that will captivate readers of all ages.
My Review

And the Trees Talked Back is a Wonderful Little Book Full of Lots of Heartwarming Lessons. As little Amanda explores her new community and its unique trees, she takes young readers into an entertaining fantasy story--and brings a lot of opportunities for learning some valuable lessons, too. While the book is short, it offers looks at kindness, individuality, respect, acceptance, fear, and good vs. evil. The story is perfect for introducing children to somewhat heavy topics like differences and acceptance in an entertaining way.


Simple Illustrations Bring a Very Natural Feel to the Story. The style of the illustrations is perfect for this children's story! The simple black and white (with a bit of color on Daisy, the kitten) brings a natural feeling of peace to the story--but also highlights some of the darker, more dramatic moments very effectively as well!


Would I Recommend And the Trees Talked Back by Frederick J. Burns? This story is the perfect book for young elementary-aged readers to read independently or use for family or library/classroom storytimes. I love children's books that help caregivers introduce or reinforce life lessons like the importance of kindness and the destructive power of emotions like fear, intolerance, and anger. I would recommend this book to families with younger elementary-aged students, but older students and adults could also benefit from the book's messages! 

Buy the Book
Amazon ~ B&N
add to Goodreads

Meet the Author

Burns, always an artist on the inside, breaks through his trial attorney exterior at age 63, to write and illustrate his first children’s book, AND THE TREES TALKED BACK. Three years in the making, Burns strives to convey a world where commonalities are more important than differences, where empathy is more important than distain and where making friends is more important than creating enemies. With no formal art training, Burns enjoys working in and learning new mediums and styles. His art has won awards in juried competitions, been displayed on billboards, in government offices, the D’Amour Museum of Fine Art, and now graces the cover of Dave Brinnel's second CD, ALONE. His detailed illustrations of trees using pen and ink with washes of watercolor have been compared to the fantastical illustrations of Arthur Rackham and Maurice Sendak. Burns lives in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts with his wife, Heather and two dogs, where he is developing ideas for his next book.

connect with author: website ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Enter the Giveaway

AND THE TREES TALKED BACK by Frederick J. Burns Book Tour Giveaway


Post a Comment



The ZOO banner 3