Wednesday, January 18, 2012

eBook Review: A Tree for Max

Photo courtesy of Jerry Halberstadt
This is definitely a first for me – reviewing an eBook, that is. Call me old fashioned, but I still read books as … you know … books. Especially with my kids.

But when author and grandparent Jerry Halberstadt offered me the opportunity to preview his eBook A Tree for Max: A Fable, I decided to give it a go.

This story centers around a 3.5-year-old boy named Max whose family moves to a new home, forcing him to leave behind his beloved “forest” (a stand of trees in his old backyard).

Enter a variety of unusual characters – including Grandfather Apple Tree, the King of the Trees, all the forest trees, messenger swans, and a dog – to figure out a way to help Max adjust to his new home. The book includes a whopping 64 color photographs to help bring all the characters and their voices to light.

Weaved into the story are all kinds of interesting details about different kinds of trees (my favorite!). Most of all, this tale is full of lessons about the natural world and our place in it.

I’d love to tell you how this lively cast of characters comes together to help Max, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.
The Nitty Gritty on A Tree for Max: A Fable

The Big Explorer and I read A Tree for Max: A Fable (in pdf format) together on my computer – definitely not the best setting for a good snuggle. He has since asked me to print out a copy so he can read it on his own, which is a good idea since The Little Explorer would enjoy hearing the story as well.
  • 135 pages, including 64 color photos
  • The story gives voices & mannerisms to natural entities, which both The Big Explorer & I found entertaining, educational & just plain fun
  • There is no recommended age, but my 7-year-old was able to read it on his own in one sitting; it also makes a great picture book for younger kids
  • Best suited for families who can either print the story out or don't mind reading it in an electronic form
  • Available in several formats, including EPUB, Kindle & pdf
  • Sells for $9.99
Photo courtesy of Jerry Halberstadt
The Giveaway
Author Jerry Halberstadt has been kind enough to offer one of you a free copy of A Tree for Max: A Fable in your choice of format. Yay!

To enter, leave a comment telling me about your favorite place in nature as a child. Good luck!
  • This giveaway will run through midnight PST on Sun., Jan. 22, 2012.
  • Sorry, but this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. 
  • The winner will be chosen using the nifty random number generator at 
  • Winner will have 24 hours to reply to my notification; if I don't hear back after that, I'll pick another winner.
Note: I received a free copy of A Tree for Max in exchange for providing my honest review with you here. Read my full disclosure policy for more information.

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