Hundred Feet Tall
Hundred Feet Tall

Hundred Feet Tall

Written by Benjamin Scheuer & illustrated by Jemima Williams
Physical book
3 - 6
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Feb 11, 2020
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A heartfelt message of growth and community, beautifully illustrated but lacking in cadence.

A bunny family consisting of two parents and one child finds a little brown seed while out in the woods one snowy day, and the child lovingly takes it home, promising to help it grow. The seed is planted and cared for as it sprouts and continues to grow, all while the family grows as the whimsical illustrations display the mother’s journey through her pregnancy and the newest addition to their family. The tree continues to grow through another winter, growing more in height with “love and light” in the hope of one day standing “at a hundred feet tall.” Paralleling the tree’s growth is that of the community helping to replant it and care for it as it grows in its new plot of earth near the side of the street, below the bunny family’s home. With sheet music at the back, the text of this book is a song set to illustrations packed full of personality and detail, like the open Jack and the Beanstalk book and a Christmas tree in a window. Yet the text itself surprisingly lacks cadence when not being sung, detracting from the meaningful messages of worth, love, growth, and community conveyed through both word and illustrations.

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  • This story likens the growth of a seed into a tall tree to the growth of a child, family, and community. Like sun, water, and soil help the tree grow, what things help you, your family, and your community grow?
  • The bunny in the story has a lot of friends and family to help care for the tree. What friends are helping you develop your talents, knowledge, and abilities?


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Book Details

Publication Date
February 11, 2020
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Text Details
The text for this book was set in 1820 Modern.
Illustration Details
The illustrations for this book were rendered both digitally and with watercolors.
Page Count
Reading Age
3 - 6 years

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