I love this sweetly strange book about being different, being a loner and loving a 55-year-old oak. Bertolt by Jacques Goldstein (translated from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick)ea0ab6317e62eda078f1323992db91b5-w204@1x is lovely and though the storyline meanders a bit, I love the paths it took me down, the little bits of nature and the feeling of being in a tree during a storm. I know, I know–that’s dangerous! you say. I, for one, have always wanted to clutch the top branches of an oak while it sways under heavy winds, and when I saw this spread in Bertolt, I felt the exhilaration as if I did it myself. When Bertolt dies, the boy is unsure because “with a tree, it’s hard to tell. A tree just stands there like a huge, boney creature that’s sleeping or playing a trick on us.” Rather than being sad, the story is thoughtful and the ending warm and fitting.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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