The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Culture -

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!

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