The Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup (Orchard Books)

coverRecently, there has been much discussion regarding how and if sensitive and contentious issues, particularly death, should be relayed in picture books, aimed at a younger audience.

Here at picture books HQ, we do believe there is a place for well written commentary on many issues, including death and this sensitively written, beautifully illustrated gem by Britta Teckentrup is a case in point.


The Memory Tree uses appropriately pitched language and tender images to portray the death of the fox.

“Fox had lived a long and happy life, but now he was tired. He closed his eyes and fell asleep forever.”


Different from many of the other books that tackle this subject, the death occurs right at the beginning of the story.

Teckentrup then draws on the fond memories held dear by his closest friends to provide the uplifting end to this heart wrenching tale.


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