Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for; What The World Needs Now – Trees! by Cheryl Rosebush. This is a little new for the blog, I haven’t branched out into children’s books before, but this one is just too cute and it has such an important message, I can’t wait to share it with you all. Firstly thank you to Kelly for the invite to this book blitz. Now let’s have a look at the book…
What the World Needs Now – Trees! By Cheryl Rosebush
What the World Needs Now is an environmental children’s book series for ages 4-8 that aims to connect the world’s youngest book lovers to the importance of nature and our place in it.
Each book in the series follows a friendly animal through its habitat, helping kids learn about one thing the world needs now, be it more trees or bees or less plastic, to maintain a healthy planet.
The series is designed to help parents and educators lay the foundation for future learning on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. But for our littlest kids, the connection starts at a much simpler point: their first job is to fall in love with nature – because you don’t protect what you don’t love.
The books support engaging with our kids on how we can better respect and care for the only planet we have.
I will admit that I haven’t read Children’s books for a while (for about thirty years, to be perfectly honest) but this was a fabulous and cheerful escape from the norm and could be the start of more Children’s books to be featured on the blog.
I was really interested in this one because of what the book is about, and the larger picture that this book is trying to share with the world. The fact that our trees are not only hugely important to our very living but the fact that trees are the life’s-blood of any creature’s very existence, a message which children need to hear and this book correctly tell that ever-important message by introducing us to the adorable Jefri, a baby Orangutan.
It makes me so happy that the main character is an Orangutan I do have a real love for orangutans they are incredible creatures, intelligent and loving, and the similarities with humans are astounding – if anyone has ever watched ‘The Orangutan Orphanage’ then you will know what I mean – and yet it is human’s which are destroying their homes, their lives. So to have a children’s book telling the story of why we need to look after trees and having an Orangutan tell that story is so beautifully done.
The book is packed with information and is very educational, which is all put across to the reader in a fun way, the illustrations are stunning, and I would recommend you read this with your little ones using the paperback (if available) as a reading from a Kindle like I did takes a little shine off just how visually appealing and special this little book is.
What the World Need Now: Trees! Is a wonderfully engaging, educational and extremely beautiful book, it’s a delightful quick read which I am sure will give children and their parents hours of enjoyment. They will take with them the all-important message of just how vital trees are to our world and how important it is for every person on this earth to recognise that, which will then lead to more caring and treating our world with the love and respect it needs.
Note From Cheryl
This is a brand-new adventure for me – completely independent and self-published! And it feels like the culmination of everything I have ever worked on.
When was the last time you bought a book that offset its own carbon emissions and preserved critically threatened rainforests? So proud to say that when you buy “What the World Needs Now: Trees!”, you will be doing just that.
Meet Jefri! He’s the adorable main character in the first book of my series called What the World Needs Now: Trees! He was created by my talented illustrator Zuzana Svobodova. For me, it was love at first sight!
I knew I wanted my first book in the series to be about trees, and after my World Bank mission to Sumatra in 2019, I knew I wanted my main character to be an orangutan. They literally have everything to lose by tropical forest loss. And since they share so similarities to humans, I thought an orangutan would be the perfect animal to underscore how we are all connected to trees.
Watch this amazing video to see Jefri come to life!
Awww, isn’t Jefi the cutest??
About the Author
I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada in the cities of Burlington and St. Catharines. Long before the internet and mobile phones (now I’m ageing myself!), my childhood was spent in forests and parks, on bike rides, and playing hide and seek until the streetlights came on. My family did comical Griswold-style road trips in wood-panelled station wagons. We spent summers swimming in friends’ backyards. These are my very fortunate roots.
I knew from an early age that my destiny would take me far from Southern Ontario. I graduated high school and moved to Montreal to study international politics at McGill University. The subject fascinated me, but as graduation approached, I realized I didn’t know what I wanted to do with a degree in international politics. I didn’t want to become a lawyer. I didn’t want to become a politician or civil servant. The media industry, on the other hand, intrigued me.
The West Coast of Canada also intrigued me. So, after graduating from McGill, I packed up again, moved to Vancouver and took the first media job I could get at a local Top 40 radio station (Z.95.3) in Vancouver. Best job. Great bosses. I learned so much. But after a couple of years there, the winds of change came calling again.
September 11, 2001. In a heartbeat, Z95.3 went from playing Britney Spears to reporting up-to-the-minute information on the local, national and international fallout of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. At that moment, I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to do something that was needed on a good day and needed even more on a bad day. I wanted to become a full-time journalist.
So, I packed my bags again (a running theme in my life), and moved to Ottawa, Ontario to do my master of Journalism. Another incredible two years culminated in me getting a research internship with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) in London, England. That position helped me land back in Montreal for a second chapter there as a local news reporter for the CBC. While I was there, I wore just about every hat you could in CBC’s radio and TV newsrooms. Depending on the day, I was a researcher, producer, reporter, or online writer. I even filled in for the weather reports every once in a while.
Find more about Cheryl here – https://www.cherylrosebush.com/