“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.
Guess How Much I Love You meets Someday in this gentle read-aloud picture book that shows us that with just the right amount of care and support, even the smallest of seeds can grow to stand one hundred feet tall.
Thanks for the love that you’ve shown me Right now I’m so very small But with water and light I will keep gaining height And then one day I’ll stand at a hundred feet tall
Hundred Feet Tall is a tender ode to the power of unconditional, immutable love. Because no matter how small you are now, with patience and persistence, with encouragement and devotion, you, too, will someday grow strong.
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?
Benjamin Scheuer is a Drama Desk Award–winning singer-songwriter and playwright. He toured his solo show The Lion around the United States and Europe, giving more than five hundred performances. His album Songs from The Lion was released in 2016 (Warner/ADA) along with four animated music videos, which have been shown at film festivals around the world. With photographer Riya Lerner, Scheuer created the book Between Two Spaces, the proceeds of which raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Scheuer lives in New York City with his wife, illustrator Jemima Williams, and their dog, Porthos. Visit him online at BenjaminScheuer.com.
Jemima Williams is a British illustrator and writer who worked for nearly a decade on the BAFTA Award–winning animated show Peppa Pig. She illustrated Andy Nyman’s The Golden Rules of Acting and has been a frequent contributor of illustrations and writing to the online women’s magazine Standard Issue. Jemima lives in New York City with her husband, Benjamin Scheuer, and their dog, Porthos. Visit her online at JemimaWilliams.com.
For Elodie With love from Mummy and Daddy xxx
“Told from the perspective of a tiny seed, the story follows a young bunny who finds the seed on an autumn day and takes it home to nurture it with soil, water, light, and patience. As it sprouts, the bunny is thrilled to watch it grow “a hundred feet tall.” Along the way, he shares his experience with family and friends and draws his neighborhood together to appreciate the process and its ultimate result.”
“Easy, well-metered rhyme, a repeating and expanding refrain, and words and musical notation on the rear endpapers combine to create a new storytime and music-circle favorite.
A sweet paean to the nurturing power of love.”