Birch Tree


Dear Tove,

What a wonderful birch tree you’ve drawn. I also like how you plan to bring a cushion with you as you climb the tree so that you have something comfortable to sit on when you read your book up there.

I am writing a new picture book about a boy who builds a tree house in an old maple tree in his backyard. I wrote it because I have a very old maple tree in my backyard, and way up high I can see an old clothesline wheel that’s stuck in the trunk. That wheel must have been installed decades ago and has been long abandoned. I wonder if there had once been a tree house in my tree. It is too big and much too high to climb now, but I like the thought that children might have read on its boughs once upon a time.

Happy reading,