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Reviewed by Rylanne Burdette for Readers' Favorite
How does a Jacaranda tree who struggles with feeling alone adjust to being in a place where no one seems to like her? When a stranger takes Jaca to a new place when she’s a seed, she grows slowly but not as vibrantly as was expected. She tries to introduce herself to the trees around her, but they just laugh at her, and the birds never rest for very long before flying somewhere else to make their nests. One day, some birds decide they want to cheer Jaca up, so they eat her seeds and plant them all around the town. Before everyone realizes it, more Jacaranda trees are appearing everywhere and Jaca no longer feels alone! The Lonely Jacaranda by Russell Irving is a sweet children’s book with a special message.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The moral of the story is one that children, young and older, should learn and be reminded of - showing kindness to others. I thought the art style was very different from most children’s books I read. It is simple yet complex at the same time, with the painted illustrations telling the story of a lonely tree that finds her home. I love children’s books, whether they’re just lighthearted and adventurous or dive deep into different themes such as this one did. The Lonely Jacaranda by Russell Irving is a book that all youngsters should read with a trusted loved one, as it can bring about interesting and important conversations that children can take with them into everyday life.