The John Tree

The big old tree was ugly and gnarled, yet it offered shade and comfort to all who sat beneath it.

Lucy passed this tree daily on her way to school, and soon it became a very big part of her life just like her friend John.


About the Author

Carole Lathrop Moeller

Carole Lathrop Moeller was an educator for 60 years and is now retired. When she is not spending time with her cats and dogs, she is playing in the dirt. Some call this gardening.
When not doing volunteer work, she reads and paints watercolor scenes of animals, landscapes, and old barns. Carole loves the outdoors and the change of seasons, especially Fall. Halloween is her favorite holiday because she says, “you can make mischief and not get into trouble!”


The John Tree Review


Cover Design- the cover is simple but eye catching. You see this tree and can’t help wondering why these kids are sitting beneath it. The colors are bright and appealing. 5 STARS

Concept- I love the way Carole wrote about her brother. What a great way to remember the one you love and teach at the same time. The idea of having each child draw a picture of a tree and say what it’s good for is a great way of teaching not only the types of trees in the world but also what they are good for. Good job! 5 STARS

Plot/subplot- The plot is simple. Teacher has kids draw pictures of trees and talk about what they are good for. The subplot is the meaning behind the John tree. A tree no one had heard of until Lucy told them about it. 5 STARS Character Development- in a children’s book there isn’t enough time to go into great detail about each character. You just get to see the basics of the character. But in children’s books there are most likely pictures of the characters, so you see more than read about them. The characters in the john tree are just normal children in school. You get to see the differences in them. 5 STARS

Entertainment Level- I read this story in less than five minutes. It is a cute story that children will love. They will not only learn about the different types of trees but also about how children are different. We are all different in one way or another. This story shows children that different or not we are all unique. Just like the trees. 5 STARS

Overall- 5 STARS – Reviewed by Award Winning Author Shannon Simpson

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