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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807565261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807565261
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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*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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you weren't a teacher or a librarian you wouldn't necessarily be aware of how critically important tree units are to our school systems. They're huge. Each and every year when I worked as a children's librarian I would watch as mountains of tree-related picture books got sucked out of my branch by teachers and kids assigned arboreal units. The end result tended to be a hyperaware state where whenever I found myself within a close approximation of a tree picture book my internal radar would start ah-beeping. Imagine, if you will, little invisible antennae rising up on my head when I found myself inextricably compelled to pick up and read Barbara Reid's "Picture a Tree". From its magnificent cover to its jaw-dropping interior spreads, Reid has just upped the bar on the whole "tree genre", such as it is. From here on in, when a kid asks a librarian for a tree book, that library had better have a copy of the Caldecott winner "A Tree Is Nice" on the one hand, and "Picture a Tree" on the other.

Endpapers display trees in a myriad of forms, from thunderstruck deciduous to the mushrooms that grow on a trunk. Says the text, "There is more than one way to picture a tree". You might consider that the tree sporting birds or snow is engaged in a game of dress-up. Or you might think a tree-lined walkway a tunnel or (seen from above) an ocean. Delving deftly into the many different ways that trees can be seen and interpreted and equated with the humans that dart above their roots, Reid creates all new ways of looking at and enjoying our fine leafy friends. Her final words, "Picture a tree. What do you see?"

I'm a sucker for a glorious glob of Plasticine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on September 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My family and I love the books by Barbara Reid so much. And to be honest I never thought she would create a book I would love more than Perfect Snow but she has done it. This book completely blew us away. The detail and intricacy of the plasticine illustrations of trees is mind-boggling. We can spend ages just going over the inside jackets and all the details in them. This book travels around the seasons and through various locations with a plethora of types, sizes and styles of trees. Even as an adult, it is amazing to go through the illustrations and pick out the details and quality of artwork. This is a wonderful book that we will treasure for years to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garf on June 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Barbara Reid's artwork entices the reader into the book. She has an ingenious way of introducing divergent and metaphorical thinking, allowing this picture book to be read on several different levels. The youngest readers will delight in the rich textured and elaborate illustrations, and older readers appreciate the beautiful images.
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By MDB on February 22, 2015
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I love Barbara Reid's work. She is an inspiration.
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