Wednesday 16 March 2022

The Secret of Sapling Green

The Secret of Sapling Green by Penelope Pratley (EK Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781925820980

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Sapling Green’s classmates are unaware of her unique green thumbs. Due to her self-doubt, she keeps them hidden at school. At home, she feels comfortable and thrives. Sapling longs for friends but prefers to quietly observe life from the sidelines, with her hands safely out of view. She is acutely aware of others, especially the confident and spirited Wynn, the tree climbing whizz. It isn’t until mother nature destroys the favourite schoolyard tree that Sapling feels compelled to reveal her gift.

Penelope Pratley is the talented illustrator of several picture books.
The Secret of Sapling Green is the first picture book that Penelope has both written and illustrated. Her stunning artworks are created using watercolour, ink and pencil and appear on single and double-page spreads. The illustrations beautifully support the book’s message by depicting a diverse group of children. The contrasting endpapers are also a highlight, symbolising the growth in Sapling’s confidence.

The Secret of Sapling Green includes themes of individuality, diversity, embracing differences, courage, self-confidence, and friendship. It is recommended for children aged 5 years and older.

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