From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Viewers are invited to think about how trees can be pictured: as a drawing on the sky, a skeleton, a tunnel, an ocean, a pirate ship, and more. Reid's Plasticine illustrations are remarkable. They are highly detailed and intricately developed, with layers of texture and color built into multidimensioned insets and spreads. The book is not a guide to learning about trees but rather a lyrical request to explore them in our personal worlds. While the trees depicted are never named, the illustrations contain enough detail for children to identify them with a field guide. The endpapers set the stage with numerous small portraits of trees, the limbs, leaves, and other details. The vibrant pictures will draw in readers, while the text will encourage them to view the world in a different way.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* This open-ended picture book begins, “There is more than one way to picture a tree,” and then gives one example after another, written in simple, evocative phrases and illustrated in Reid’s distinctive, surprisingly adaptable style. Trees can be “sun umbrellas” (leafy trees creating shade on a sweltering city sidewalk), a “drawing on the sky” (bare branches curving against a bleak, wintry background), or a “wild good-bye party” (scarlet, orange, and yellow leaves cascading to the ground). While trees are a constant presence in the illustrations, so are the many children who climb them, play around them, and observe them. In the engaging illustration for “A tree can be a high-rise home sweet home,” viewers can see people through six windows of an apartment building, which is partly hidden by a tree housing birds, squirrels, hornets, and other forms of wildlife. Created with Plasticine on illustration board, the pictures have an extraordinary sense of texture and depth of field as well as strength of line and color. From striking double-page spreads to inviting endpapers, these delightful illustrations reward close attention with clever details. Recommended for tree-themed story hours, curriculum units, and art classes, here’s a picture book for all seasons. Preschool-Grade 1, --Carolyn Phelan