One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree Review

Review by Sarah G.

Some books are just fun to read, and Daniel Bernstrom’s One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree is a case in point. This picture book opens with a two-page spread of a humongous critter-filled tree, including “a scare in the air.” A boy skips by, and by page 4, he is gobbled up by the snake hiding in the branches. Throughout the rest of the book, the boy encourages the snake to keep eating more and more. The snake’s stomach stretches as more animals join the young boy until a fairly predictable ending leaves everyone skipping off happily except for the snake.

This book has great rhymes to not only read aloud but also for the little ones who are listening. Rhyming is a great skill to work on in early literacy, and it helps when a book presents it in such a delightful manner. Beyond the text, Brendan Wenzel’s illustrations leave so much to discover on each page. Also, the illustrations make the book fun, so despite being eaten, the boy (who is also a person of color!) never appears to be in distress to worry young readers. Expect a lot of rereads on this one!

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