Charlie and the Tire Swing by Diann Floyd Boehm Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A young boy learns from his grandfather the strength and science that it takes to grow a tree, and in the process one’s family, in author Diann Floyd Boehm’s “Charlie and the Tire Swing”.

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The Synopsis

Charlie and the Tire Swing is a beautiful intergenerational story told from the perspective of Charlie and his Grandpa Jack. Over a cup of hot chocolate, Charlie’s grandfather tells the story of how he planted an acorn with his own grandfather, Charlie’s Great-Great Grandpa George, and how he tenderly cared for it and watched it grow, from one season to the next. He shares how, over the years, as the acorn grew into a might oak tree, how each generation enjoyed the shade of the tree, climbing it, reading under it, and gathering together as a family around it. It’s a story of growing strong family ties, of sharing stories from generation to generation, and of appreciating nature and the simple things in life, like swinging on a tire swing. The learning opportunities range from the science of growing things, to interpersonal relations, the health benefits of outdoor activity, and innovation, problem solving, and creative play.

The Review

This was such a beautiful and well-written story. The multi-generational aspect of the narrative gave readers the opportunity to connect with their family on a whole other level, from parents and their children to grandparents and their grandchildren alike. The warmth of the illustrations and the ambiguity of the characters themselves allowed the reader to put themselves into the shoes of these characters, exploring the strength of family roots on a whole other level. 

The powerful themes of this narrative were so well displayed in this children’s book. The idea of family roots and the importance of being patient were the most widely felt in this book, and the powerful lessons were well supported by the colorful illustrations and connection that readers felt with the cast of characters.

The Verdict

Thoughtful, heartwarming, and entertaining, author Diann Floyd Boehm’s “Charlie and the Tire Swing” is a must-read children’s book. The heartfelt delivery of these themes and the emotional connection the author created between readers and the characters as they explored the past, present, and future of this family allowed for a rich and impactful story. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy on October 8th, 2022!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Diann Floyd Boehm is an award-winning, international author, community volunteer, humanitarian, and former classroom teacher. She is passionate about storytelling and has nine published books for children and one young adult historical fiction. In addition, Diann is a co-host for four shows on USA Global TV, including The Corner Book Store. Diann is married, a mother of three, and has one grandchild. Diann loves to inspire readers of all ages to Embrace Imagination! You can learn more about the author and her books at ocpublishing.ca/diann-floyd-boehm.html or diannfloydboehm.com.

Judy Gaudet studied technical and medical illustration hoping to combine her career in microbiology with her lifelong love of art. Judy lives in southern Maine where she finds inspiration for her work in the landscapes, wildlife and historic sites that surround her home.

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