ONLY A TREE KNOWS HOW TO BE A TREE, by Mary Murphy, Candlewick Press

All living creatures have a special place in the world in this extraordinary exploration of the concept of self for very young readers.

Only I know how to be me.
Only you know how to be you.

Trees have leaves that turn sunshine into food. Amazing! Birds build nests, sing songs, hatch eggs, and fly. Dogs are our friends and can move their ears to tell us how they feel, while fish live in water, flashing like jewels. As for people, every person on Earth is different, each with their own thoughts and feelings. With a simple narrative and joyful, welcoming illustrations celebrating a world full of remarkable creatures, Mary Murphy reminds little ones that we are all unique, and that we are the only ones who know how to be us.

Out March 2020

32 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book has a lovely message about diversity, value of life and differences that should be celebrated. My mom has a saying, “Everything has a place, and there’s a place for everything.” The story in this book reminds me of this.

I teach my special needs daughter that it’s okay to be different from all the rest. Being the same is boring. Think how unique and special you are because you are you, and not like someone else. What makes you special, is not being Down syndrome, but because there is no else in the entire world exactly like you. And that is what makes you special. People can try and tell you how you should act, feel, look like, and think… but only you know all those things about you. This is what makes you a leader among others instead of just another follower.

I hope this is what parents teach their toddlers when sitting with them and reading this book together.

I gave this book:

Five star rating – shiny golden stars

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