This little book is gorgeous. If you like Scandinavian art this it’s one for your book collection. The work of illustrator Sanna Annukka was very inspirational. The short story, is kinda cool, but it’s not for everyone. I loved the complexity and clever message of Hans Christian Andersen’s original version of The Little Mermaid, but the intended message of The Fur Tree (“Enjoy Your Youth”) isn’t as helpful in this day and age. The Buddist-y undertones are intense for both kids and adults alike who already worry too much, but I enjoyed discussing the story with other people, so all together I’d say it’s worth purchasing.

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