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Mr Z

Mr Z

The Mayfly and the Methuselah Tree

The old Methuselah tree learns important lessons from his younger friend, from author Mr Z.

The wise Methuselah tree stands high and proud in the White Mountains of Inyo County, California. Older than the ancient pyramids of Egypt, the Methuselah Tree is rather bored and very, very grumpy! He sees the same thing, day in, day out. Nothing ever changes, until one day a tiny, young, mayfly lands on the Methuselah’s leaf and changes his life forever. At first the Methuselah tree is annoyed by the mayfly’s intrusion and her youthful exuberance, but he soon realises that there is a great deal to learn from the younger generation. The young mayfly gives the older Methuselah tree hope and a new perspective on life.

This is a sweet story of love and friendship, and of hope and gratitude. It is a reminder to us all to focus on the present, to show appreciation for the beauty of nature and all the good things in life, to seek love and friendships, and to learn from others’ experiences.

This is a great intergenerational book for children to read with their parents and grandparents. It will help develop understanding and empathy in readers, both young and old.

A joy to read, with captivating illustrations by Robert Askew.

Star Rating: 5 Stars


‘A sweet story of love and friendship, and of hope and gratitude. It was a joy to read. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’

Mr Z
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