My Big Tree – children’s book review

My Big Tree – children’s book review

Regular readers of my blog will know that my boy Leo is a very active toddler. He is always on the go, running all over the place and it wouldn’t be unfair to describe him as a bit of a handful. Although Leo loves to be outside exploring and using up his heaps of energy, one of his favourite past times is to snuggle up with me and read some story books. I was delighted when children’s author Maria Ashworth got in touch asking if Leo and I would like to have a read of her new story, My Big Tree.

My Big Tree by Maria Ashworth – A book review.

My Big Tree is the story of one little Bluebird and one very big tree. Bluebird loves the big tree but it does not take long for other animals and creatures in the wood to realise that they like the same big tree quite a lot too. As you can guess, Bluebird doesn’t want to share the tree with all these animals and he flies off to find somewhere new. I won’t tell you how the story ends but My Big Tree really is a lovely story about sharing and friendship and it’s words are complemented perfectly by adorable illustrations.

My Big Tree

Leo loved My Big Tree , he loved to look at the wonderful pictures of birds, frogs, snakes and all the other creatures and he enjoyed helping me count them all up on each page. As well as having an important message about sharing, Maria’s book also helps children to learn how to count to 10, recognise colours and discover different animal sounds. Leo really enjoyed my impression of a bat ‘eeking’ and his bear growls were very convincing!

my big tree

Maria has managed to create a story that helps children learn to count and recognise sounds, colours and animals but she has also given it a lovely little plot. Quite often I can’t stand reading counting books to my boy as the storyline is minimal or , as is more regularly the case, non existent. Maris has managed to combine the learning and story element perfectly in My Big Tree and I can see this book becoming a firm story time favourite in our house. If you are looking for something new to read with your little one then you should definitely give My Big Tree a read.

If you want to find out even more about My Big Tree, here is a really cute book trailer …

A  bit about the author.
my big tree

Maria Ashworth volunteers her time when she’s not writing for the Maud Marks Library Friends Board in Katy Texas where she serves as President, as well as a Member-At-Large for the Friends of the Harris County Library. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Some of Ms. Ashworth’s picture books and middle grade novels manuscripts have been nominated as finalists in several contests. She’s published a handful of short stories through contests and a women’s anthology.

If you would like to contact Maria or follow her on social media, here are all here links –

Twitter @maria_ashworth

Facebook: Maria Ashworth

Pinterest Maria Ashworth


To find out even more about Maria Ashworth, My Big Tree and her other story books just head on over to Maria’s website for more information. You can get your own copy of this lovely story book from Amazon  .

Also, if you like My Big Tree , keep an eye out for Iggy Loo and Tommy James, The Littlest Cowboy In Reckon due for release soon.

Do you like reading to your children? Do you think they would enjoy reading My Big Tree? What is your favourite book to read to your child? I would love to know.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of My Big Tree in return for this honest review. All words and opinions are my own.


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  1. September 5, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Ah this looks lovely, thanks for sharing such a detailed children book review. Can never have too man of them! #fartglitter

  2. September 6, 2016 / 10:00 am

    You really can’t have too many books and this looks gorgeous. Taormina loves anything animal based at the moment and a few sharing morals couldn’t hurt! x #Triedtested

  3. Oddhogg
    September 6, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Ah cute! I love books (Piglet not so much – he’s only 6m) so I’m always on the look out for new ones for us to read together #twinklytuesdays
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  4. September 7, 2016 / 3:27 am

    I promise you guys will love it. Let me know you got the book and I can send an autographed book plate.

  5. September 9, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    This sounds like a fun read for both mummy and child. I agree that some children’s books are pretty boring, I like the idea of one with a story to it
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
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  6. September 9, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    My daughter loved this book too! There was so much room to encourage conversation, counting and imagination. Thanks for sharing #ablogginggoodtime

  7. Maria
    September 13, 2016 / 7:28 am

    What lovely illustrations! I’m sure my boys would enjoy this book too! #TriedTested

  8. September 14, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    This looks like such a nice book with great illustrations and a moral too??? I love stories you can discuss with your kids. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime
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