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A Tree for Me Hardcover – April 4, 2000
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Finding the right tree for playing is hard work, but this narrator has plenty of spirit, trying again and again. Enthusiasm abounds as he runs from tree to tree, only to find that each one is already inhabited. He enters the world of backyard animals from squirrels to spiders, and hears and sees them playing, too. Finally, in a tree that holds a world just for him, he falls asleep, utterly exhausted. Repetition is cleverly entwined into this rhythmic narrative, such as "On moss-covered rocks, crickets chirp, 'Chirree!'/as I look, look, look for a tree for me." Primitive-style painted images combine with a collage technique, resulting in a look that is similar to the artist's previous work. What is different here is the use of more white space, which emphasizes contrast, makes the words more visible, and adds to a sense of openness. A fine pairing of author and illustrator, resulting in an appealing story.
Tina Hudak, Takoma Park Maryland Library, MD
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A child looks for the perfect tree to climb and along the way counts animals from one to five in this engaging, rhythmic young picture book from bestselling author Nancy Van Laan.
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Top customer reviews
The simple story tells of a (briefly seen) boy and his dog looking for a certain tree. Instead, they find trees inhabited by friendly looking animals including frogs, possums (!), grasshoppers, worms, and squirrels. SPOILER: Our heroes eventually find the cozy tree house they were searching for!Nicely produced by Borzoi Books for Knopf, "A Tree for Me" has 28 beautifully illustrated pages. Although a few of the words are difficult (e.g., squirrels, dangling), the repeating words in Van Laan's poem may make this an appropriate book for the beginning reader as well as the small fry hearing it from you.
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