Lately, I’ve been on a tree hunt of sorts. I searched out a few of the largest trees in Arkansas to write THIS article about Arkansas Champion Trees for OnlyinArkansas(dot)com. My tree journey led me to think about my favorite trees in literature. And thinking about my favorite trees in literature made me realize how these particular trees likely influenced my overall love of trees. At least partially.
I bet some of these are your favorite trees, too.
The Giving Tree – Once there was a tree, and she loved a boy. That first sentence gets me every time. Shel Silverstein’s classic provides the ultimate story of unconditional love and selflessness. The older I get, the more poignant this book becomes.
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree – This little green one here seems to need a home, Linus said as he pointed out the scraggly tree to Charlie Brown. Sniff, sniff, it tugged at our heartstrings and taught us that beauty lies beneath the surface.
Truffula Tree – Three cheers for the Lorax who spoke for trees because trees have no tongues. Truffula trees are just plain groovy, and Dr. Seuss certainly had it going on.
The Tree of Life – The centerpiece of Disney’s The Lion King symbolizes the circle of life, something I’m reminded of daily as I walk the same path as my ancestors. Those carvings on the trunk? I think the Lorax would say, “hakuna matata.”
Boo Radley Tree – Boo Radley’s tree with a knothole for hiding treasures symbolizes the mysterious side of trees. I’ve already penned an entire post to this tree, which you can (re)read HERE.
Whomping Willow – J.K. Rowling’s magical whomping willow reminds us of that old adage “things aren’t always as they seem”. When I was a kid, a willow shaded the playhouse in our backyard. Rather than whomping, ours was of the weeping variety and most certainly magical. On the occasion of my fifth (or sixth?) birthday, Momma decorated its branches with long, wavy balloons. Magical and dreamy, indeed.
Once upon a time there was a girl, and she loved a tree.
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