Written by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by David Small, it is a story about Miss McGillicuddy and the appearance of a mysterious money tree that springs up in her yard.
She thinks it’s “A gift from the birds”.
The neighbourhood children who gather at her home to play do not seem to be concerned that the tree is covered in money, but Miss McGillicuddy shares the tree with them as party favours. In June, July and August, neighbours, town officials and even perfect strangers are “carrying bags and baskets away from the tree.”
Meanwhile, she continues to gather roses in her yard and pick cherries in her orchard.
“Don’t they ever rest?” she asked herself.
There is a beautiful rhythm in this book that goes unnoticed, but undergirds the unfolding of its story and meaning. Perhaps it will take more than one reading to get to the true fibre of The Money Tree, but it is well worth the time and effort.
Read on and discover Miss McGillicuddy’s secret to what things truly matter in life and the joy of giving.
Take some time to read this book with your child. Chat about the rhythms of rest, work and play. Chat about how to give and share.
Also read: Our review on “The Gardener”.
Do note that the following Stewart and Small books can be found in Singapore’s Public Libraries under Junior Lending Picture Book English STE:
- The Gardener
- The Friend
- The Library
- The Quiet Place
- The Money Tree (available at Amazon.com)