Saturday, July 25, 2020

Review: Loblolly, Loblolly, You're So Tall by Mommy Moo Moo

by Mommy Moo Moo
Illustrated by Dave Hill
Damara Publishing
Picture Book
19 pages
ages 4 to 8

Loblolly pine trees fill Mommy Moo Moo's magical backyard. "Loblolly, Loblolly, you're so tall. You reach to the sky, up so high." These giant pines native to the American Southeast have never been so celebrated for their grace, their strength, and their beauty as in this enchanting picture book. Written in a lyrical style perfect for bedtime, "Loblolly, Loblolly, You're So Tall" captures the whimsy of a child's imagination and the majesty of the outdoors.



In this pure celebration of nature, Loblolly trees take center stage and introduce young listeners to them in a fascinating way.

Every page takes a beautifully done illustration and mixes it with a text nearing poetry. It's not written in rhyme but still takes on an almost musical flare. Loblolly trees cover each page, stretching majestically into the blue sky as various aspects about them are revealed. Sometimes, it's pure beauty. Others, there's a hint a humor and fun. There's even a bit of fantastical magic as a couple fairies appear in the mix... guaranteeing young listeners have something to point out and wonder about.

This book is a wonderful tribute to Loblolly trees and will interest those who have seen them...or those who simply love tales about nature. There were a couple moments, which surprised me—a suddenly repeated line on the end of two pages, and the direct description of what two funnier objects were (which kind of took away the fun, in my opinion). But this read put a smile on my face and leaves a warmth behind, which brings around the desire to simply lean back and watch the profoundness of trees.

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