I thought when I saw the title, Tree Spirits that the book would be either a story about tree spirits with animals and maybe a child or two for an environmental book; or it would be about the mythology and legends of tree spirits in a non-fiction format. It is neither. It is photographs that have hidden images. The author gives you some ideas of what they see, but you could see what you want as well.
And I liked almost all of Louise Wannier and April Tatiana Jackson’s book. I might not have seen what they saw, or used the language for the prose poem to ask you do you see what I see, or what are you seeing? However, the photographs are nice. Since this was read as an online reader copy, there were two issues I had. The first was how large will the book be, and since you do not get the pieces that you overlap the images to give you the outline, things were highlighted in pink and were not always pleasing to my eye.
I am giving this a four for potential and I think once I find a final product, it might even go higher (as of right now this is a 3.5 rounded up). Due in September 2023, I will be finding finished copies to see how the overlays work, the tracing paper included for you to explore and trace on your own and to see what some of the missing pages were (it looks like either it was not completed, or there is a part that was not explained , as there was a few pages of nothing, but then there was a drawn image and a “did you see this image” question.