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This Table by Alex Killian & Brooke Smart

This Table is the story of a lovingly crafted, handmade table and the role that it plays as a family celebrates the events, large and small, that make up their family life.

The Story: From a tiny seed to the heart of a family home. This Table starts as a seed and grows into a tree that’s struck by lightning. The damaged tree is made into a table that is present throughout a family’s development from the baby years through to the poignant picture of a grandmother eating alone.

We love the lyrical descriptions of the table being crafted, particularly ‘screws that turned like ballerinas on a stage.’ The table is placed in the middle of a room and becomes central to family gatherings and celebrations, games, homework and many many meals. The decor in the room changes, the children grow up but the table remains an integral part of the family’s history.

We love the way that so much of the story is shown through the illustrations, mostly detailed double spreads. The mother is a constant presence, she ages as we go through the book and by the end she has grey hair. We also love the inclusion of a cat, another constant and our favourite illustration is the penultimate one showing pictures on the wall recreated from previous scenes in the book.

This Table is a great book to stimulate discussions about tree growth, tree felling and furniture production. Further discussion could lead to the types of tables that children have in their homes, what they are made of and what activities take place around them. It could also initiate discussions about how many of the objects in our home have been crafted and produced.

Age Range: 3+

Author: Alex Killian / Illustrator: Brooke Smart

Thank you PR Catherine Ward and Greystone Books for the review copy of this beautifully heartwarming picturebook.

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10 responses to “This Table by Alex Killian & Brooke Smart”

  1. Lisa | Handmade in Israel avatar

    How beautiful! I would like a table that tells a story like that.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Our table does! I was talking to a friend about getting our tabletop redone and she said I should leave it to keep all our memories 🙂

  2. Kim Carberry avatar

    I love the sound of this book. It looks beautiful and sounds like a great story for little ones.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love Brooke Smart’s illustrations and the way she captures the little moments of family life 🙂

  3. Carol avatar

    It is a lyrical way to explain how a tree grows and is made into a wooden object. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a beautiful quote 🙂

  4. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar

    What a lovely book about transformation and making memories. Tables can tell many stories! 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think it’s a really unique idea and as you say, a table has a lot of stories to tell 🙂

  5. Jennifer Moore avatar

    That ballerina line is beautiful! Who knew screws could be described so poetically?!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it – it’s stuck in my mind ever since I read the book!