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Miss Twiggley's Tree: Teaching Children to Respect and Accept Differences in Others

Updated on April 17, 2018

Miss Twiggley's Tree was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. It teaches children that everyone is unique, special and important. No matter how different each person is, everyone can get along and help each other out in this world. We all need one another. This message is conveyed through a fun, rhyming poetic format.

Poor Miss Twiggley was a shy and quiet old lady who - as the title suggests - lives in a tree. Her fear of interacting with others, causes her to hide from everyone - up in her tree. A dog named Puss (yes - this is not a typing error) and a few bears are her only friends. They, unconditionally, accept her for who she is. The townspeople, however, feel quite differently. As a matter of fact, the people in town think it is, "Simply disgraceful! - - - to live in a tree and never come down." Even poor Puss is teased and chased by the other dogs in town.

However, when tragedy strikes the town, everyone learns that they must work together. They discover that each person (and animal) has value and worth as an individual. Being forced into a situation where fellow beings must come together as a team, forces them to overcome their own fears and limitations.

And this book is not just for children. As a matter of fact, several years ago, one of my nephews spotted my book during a family party. So, I had to read the book to my nephews. However, the adults gathered around to listen also. And they thoroughly enjoyed it. I had to read it a second time for those adults who missed the first reading.

And by the way, we turned the "P" into an "R". So, "Puss" became "Russ".

Happy Reading!

Miss Twiggley's Tree

Miss Twiggley's Tree
Miss Twiggley's Tree

Introducing Miss Twiggley's Tree - one of my favorite childhood books.


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Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (Classic Seuss)
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (Classic Seuss)

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Tell me about your favorite children's book that convey messages of friendship, teamwork, respect, morals:

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      I do love books with a moral fiber running through them! I am sad to say that I haven't read this particular book, yet. But, I have several nieces who I frequently send books and I will have to add this one to the next collection I post. Thank you for such an awesome review! I will have to thank Ruthi again for sharing this review on Review This! today! I really am always looking for book recommendations for children.

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      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      It's marvelous that there are books for children which give children positive messages that it's OK to be different. Something some adults need to learn too. :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This book sounds wonderful.. Must get it for my granddaughters.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful review on Miss Twiggley's Tree. Some of the best children books are the ones that instill and teach children many valuable things that stick with them for a lifetime.

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful review! This is one that I will add to my great nephews library! And Miss Suzy! I had that book!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I love a book that teaches children to embrace the uniqueness of others. Glad you brought this book to my attention. Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      What a fabulous story, Miss Twiggley's Tree, and your personal review! I love that the adults needed a reading just for them! So sad that some of us need hide from and fear our world. Hopefully, with books like this for kids, and adults as well, we will learn to help one another and with this greater acceptance and compassion the world will become a much better place in which to live.

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      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Excellent review of a book I've never heard of. It sounds like an awesome book.


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