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English Translation Portion with Too Many Errors
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2020
In this story, a tree is a bit sad that it is not a home for creatures during the colder time of the year when bears hibernate and birds fly south for the winter. When spring comes again, a little bird returning from the south rests in the tree’s branches. This is a magical bird that offers to take the tree on a world tour. So they do so, and the tree has both good and bad experiences. Ultimately, it decides there's no place like home. The illustrations for this book were well done and whimsical. I did find issues with the English translations, though. The author attempts to rhyme in most places, but some of them weren't rhymes at all (e.g., swear/clear), and others weren't close enough (e.g., them/scrum). Also, sometimes the English grammar, punctuation, and usage were incorrect. For instance, a new sentence was not capitalized, and sometimes preposition use was incorrect. The author sometimes uses words that were just not right or would not be understood well by children, like the word scrum. I know the author is German, so perhaps he should have had this book vetted by a native English speaker to correct English errors and help him better understand English idioms. This book has enough problems on the English side that I do not feel like I can recommend it.
I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.