Children’s Book, The Tree That Could Fly

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Children's Book Review: The Tree That Could Fly

3:48 PM Posted by Desi @ Wee Share


The Tree That Could Fly

Written by: Alma Halbert Bond

Illustrated by: Barry Sandefur and Gladys Natchez

Pages: 27

ISBN: 1401063675

"Once upon a time... "-- Don't you just love stories that start out this way? I do! There is just something so classic and simple, yet completely captivating about this phrase.

This is exactly how Alma Halbert Bond starts out her wonderful story for children entitled The Tree That Could Fly. This is the story of a young fairy and the tree that she befriends. The fairy has wings the color of the sky, and is therefore known as Bluey.

One day, Bluey asks her mother if she can go to the forest for a day of exploring. Bluey has a wonderful time frolicking with frogs and playing with acorns... until a summer storm blows in. Bluey's wings get wet and she cannot fly home until they dry. An old apple tree offers her protection and an apple to fill her hungry tummy.

In the morning, Bluey wants to thank the tree for it's kindness, so she offers to use her seldom-used magical powers to grant him a wish. The next thing you know, the tree receives the wish and is flying!

Of course, there is more to the story than this (including a wonderful ending), but I don't want to spoil the whole tale of Bluey and her friend for you. I will tell you that this is a beautiful old-fashioned tale that I enjoyed just as much as Raileigh. It's a timeless story that Alma created to tell her own children over 40 years ago.

The illustrations are just as magical as the words themselves, and truly help to bring this story to life. It is a tad longer than many stories I share with Raileigh. However, Raileigh sat through the entire reading of The Tree That Could Fly, mesmerized by each and every word.

I am very thankful that Alma agreed to share her lovely book with us. I highly recommend sharing this delightful story with any special little ones in your life.

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a copy of the book for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

The story of a young fairy & a tree with one wish. Illustrated by Barry Sandefur & Gladys Natchez, The Tree That Could Fly is an old-fashioned bedtime story about an inquisitive & daring young fairy, & the old apple tree she befriends.

“Once upon a time...” is the way all good stories begin & Alma Bond's is no exception. We meet a very little fairy with wings the color of the sky, who is called Bluey for short. A polite young thing, she asks her mother, the Queen of the Whispering Woods, if she may fly into the forest for a day of exploring.

Bluey rides the summer breeze into the trees where she leaps with the frogs, & plays with the acorns until a summer storm comes upon the Whispering Woods. Cold & wet & hungry Little Bluey can't fly home until her wings dry, so she starts to cry.

That's when the Old Apple Tree, who has been watching her frolic all day, speaks to her & offers a dry, warm place to stay, & an apple for dinner

The next morning, wanting to thank the Old Apple Tree for protecting her all night, Bluey offers to fulfill a wish for him. Being a young fairy & not having many chances to practice the magic of her wand, she urges the reluctant Old Apple Tree to make a wish, which he does. To his (& Bluey's) surprise, her magic works & the Old Apple Tree, with Bluey in his branches, finds himself flying, looking at the world from a whole different perspective.

Where does the Old Apple Tree land? How will little fairy Bluey get back to her mother? Buy the book & find out, you will not be disappointed because The Tree That Could Fly, which took all of 40 years to come to print, is a story to read to your children & your children's children.

The Tree That Could Fly
Published in Paperback by Xlibris Corporation ( 21 December, 2002 )
Author: Alma H. Bond<
Amazon base price: $13.99

A perfect bedtime story "Once upon a time..." is the way all good stories begin & Alma Bond's is no exception. We meet a very little fairy with wings the color of the sky, who is called Bluey for short.

One day she flies off to the Whispering Woods for a day of leaping with frogs & rolling acorns. When a summer storm drenches her wings, she can no longer fly & that's when an Old Apple Tree who's been watching her play all day, speaks to her, offering a safe dry place to rest, & an apple to eat.

As a thank you, Bluey asks the Old Apple Tree (one could be forgiven for saying she demands!) what wish she may grant him. Well, he's really only ever had one -- he wants to see a mountain & the sea, & there's no other way to get him there than to fly.

Whimsical, delightful & interesting, THE TREE THAT COULD FLY is the story Alma Bond told to her children. It is destined to become a classic with families who still love to read bedtime stories.

It is beautifully illustrated & decorated by Barry Sandefur & Gladys Natchez.

A fairy tale that is sure to delight children of all ages! My own children were completely mesmerized by this old‑fashioned fairy tale, reminiscent of the old Hans Christian Andersen tales. Surely this will become a favorite bedtime story of children throughout the world. As a mother and a fairy tale lover, I highly recommend this book!



I consider it an honor to have The Tree That Could fly and to have read it to my granddaughter, Zoe. Here's her reaction ‑ and the truth about it: Zoe was absolutely entranced. In a couple of minutes, she merely glanced at the pictures, but she looked at me with her mouth wide open ‑ as she sometimes does when she's really taken by the subject matter (like when we took her to the museum for a lecture on dinosaurs). She was truly entranced the entire time - and got angry when my friend came in and I had to stop reading.

A couple of hours after I had finished reading to her, she picked up the book again and began reading it herself. Only in 1st grade, she is reading remarkably well. Finally, when I could read to her again and finished the book, I asked her wheat her favorite part of the story was and she said "when the fairy went home again."

Alma, you did a beautiful job with this book and I know it will be a hit.                                                                             Arline Zaks, author of many books including "Horsing Around in New Jersey."

Funny, the fairy in the story says to the recalcitrant tree, "Never give up wishing." It must have been my unconscious talking,” says Dr. Bond.
                                              -Rebecca Brown, of RebeccasReads


The reading of the book is a dreamlike journey where every step of it is a magical one. Dr. Sam Hijazi-Professor of Information Systems and father of two children- Esam and Rhoda 

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