Mbobo Tree (Glenda Millard/Annie White)
There is no denying that many picture books are beautiful to look at, but when you find one that is not only beautiful, but moves you with it's simple and strong story, you know you're onto a winner.
Mbobo tree follows the life of a large, beautiful and bountiful tree within a small African village, and the life of a small baby girl who is found in the branches of the tree. When the tree is threatened by an outsider to the village, the young girl goes to great lengths to protect the tree that gave her life.
This story actually manages to be quite moving in it's few pages. Definitely recommended as a read-a-long for those aged 4-6 (particularly as some of the African names will require help sounding out).