The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree
Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most famous children’s authors and many of our favourite fairy tales like ‘ The Little Mermaid’, ‘ The Snow Queen’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Suit’ were courtesy of his astounding imagination. He also wrote poetry and adult literature, but it was his fairy tales which made him famous. This book’s protagonist is an old oak tree that has seen centuries of life pass it, as it grew from a tiny acorn to the grand tree it is now overlooking the whole forest. As with most of Andersen’s tales, there’s always a sense of nostalgia and sadness, and this story captures that perfectly. Whimsically illustrated by Chooi Ling Keiong, this is the perfect bedtime story albeit slightly depressing, but in a good way!