The story of Anne Frank can be difficult to distill for young children by Gottesfeld and McCarty do just that, telling the story of the tree in the courtyard and the many saplings that have been grown all around the world. McCarty used brown ink on watercolor paper which creates sepia toned illustrations, fitting for this glimpse into the past. While I was familiar with Anne Frank’s diary and story, I never realized the story of her tree and its long life bearing witness to war and then peace and the message its saplings send into the world now. I enjoyed this slice of history.
Title: The Tree In the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window
Author: Jeff Gottesfeld
Illustrator: Peter McCarty
Published 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf
This copy was borrowed from the public library for purpose of review.