The Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing


64 pages
Contains Photos
ISBN 0-921368-79-8
DDC jC812'.54





Brenda Baltensperger is a playwright, a director of children’s
theatre, an editor of children’s fiction, and the author of Fractured


A tree who resents being short, a bird who can’t sing in tune, and the
wise North Wind are among the unlikely characters featured in this
imaginative play that will delight both young and old. The plot is about
loneliness and about making friends, losing friends, and finding them
again. As the seasons change, so do friendships; some are renewed, while
others are lost forever.

This two-act play is ideal for performance by young people or puppets
or a combination of both. Black-and-white photographs of productions
staged across Canada and the United States are included.

The playwright’s note and staging notes at the front of the book are
very informative and offer practical assistance regarding construction
of some of the masks and props. Permission for performance is required.
Highly recommended.


Foon, Dennis., “The Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 15, 2024,