Monday, January 3, 2022

"The Good for Nothing Tree" - a bookwrap



The Good for Nothing Tree

Written by Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Illustrated by Annie Bowler


*  Reading Age: 3-7 years

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Hardcover:  40 pages

* Publisher:  Flyaway Books

* Pub. Date:  March 29, 2022

* Language:  English


Unwrapping Some Illustrations


The Book

A minute fig tree is causing concern because it isn't growing and producing fruit like expected.  How long will it take everyone wonders?  

The seasons come and go and still no fruit appears.  Oh my! Is this little tree living up to the name it's been dubbed with... good for nothing?  Are the humans going to give up on it and cast it aside?  Nooooooo way!!! 

The kids take it upon themselves to make it their special project of love.  They till the soil underneath it, water it properly, and treat it with special TLC.  Will the little tree shed its negative nickname and become an abundant fig producer after all? Somethings take  more time to mature ( kids too ) and with adequate care, love and patience something beautiful can emerge that knocks expectations out of the park. 

This book is inspired by a parable from the New Testament.  The illustrations are colourful, detailed and kid-friendly.  They enrich the text and invite young readers into the story.  The authors have included the origin of the parable and a recipe to try at the back of the book.                                         I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Authors

Amy-Jill Levine, the author of numerous acclaimed books, is Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary and University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Emerita as well as Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt. She has cowritten many children's books with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, including A Very Big Problem, Who Is My Neighbor?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, and Who Counts?

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the author of many popular books for children and adults, the Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Indiana UniversityPurdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute, and Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. Her children's books include The Story of AND, When God Gave Us Words, and, co-written with Amy-Jill Levine, A Very Big Problem, Who Is My Neighbor?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, and Who Counts? For more information, visit

About the Illustrator

Annie Bowler is the illustrator of Walking toward Peace by Kathleen Krull and A Very Big Problem by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. Both picture books were named Junior Library Guild Selections. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 3x3 Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators. For more information, visit

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