Troo brags to Rilla, the water rat, that he can climb the highest tree in the rainforest. Rilla doesn't believe him; she dares him to do it, even though Troo's parents have told him not to. Because Troo wants to prove his parents wrong, he takes Rilla up on her challenge.
The climb seems easy - although Troo stops a moment when he see his home from high up in the tree: Would his parents be happy if they knew? But when he reaches the top, he can't help but shout with glee.
Then a hawk tries to grab him. Troo jumps to a lower branch, but the branch breaks and sends Troo tumbling downward until he crashes to the ground.
"Rilla screamed, 'Are you dead?'Troo's parents come running. First, they ensure he's okay. Then Troo admits he disobeyed them. His parents say:
Troo moaned. 'Maybe.'"
"God says you should obey us. You did not obey, and you got hurt. This tree...is not safe, even for a big, strong climber like you."And so, his loving parents carry him home.
Oh! Trro's parents did not think he was a small, weak baby. They loved him. They wanted him to be safe."
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Publishing Info: Zonderkidz; 2011; ISBN: 978-0310718086; paperback, 32 pgs., $3.99.
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