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A Tree Is Nice Paperback – June 26, 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
The book explores all of the many benefits that trees bring us. They "fill up the sky," and "make everything beautiful." "Even if you have just one tree, it is nice too." The book goes on to describe the beauty of leaves, the fun of playing in them, and even bonfires with them in the fall when they are at their most beautiful. You can climb the tree, lean things up against the tree, enjoy the shade, be protected from winds, use the sticks for drawing in the sand, and hang swings and flower baskets in the branches. Trees make perfect backgrounds for picnics, too.
My favorite part of the book is the section about planting a tree. Ms. Udry points out that you can put a tree in, and watch it grow. Then you can tell others that you planted it, and they will want to plant one, too. I remember planting some trees as a cub scout, and revisiting them as a middle-aged man and taking great delight in seeing them become a large, leafy oasis in what had been a barren field.
The illustrations are terrific. The book's designer has created a vertically elongated page shape that accentuates the graceful trunks of trees. Half of the illustrations are in color (using watercolors with inked outlines and details) and half in black-and-white. The choices for full color are good ones (fall leaves, being next to a house, and with a picnic). The pen and ink ones with grey washes are very poetic in their simplicity.Read more ›
The text is very reader friendly which builds up confidence. My daughter is a picky reader but she can read this book. She's just finished Kindergarten and they learned the popular two and three letter words which were called "popcorn words." Sometimes I feel that was good and sometimes bad because often she doesn't want to R E A D other words (sounding them out.) This is exactly where A Tree Is Nice comes in to the rescue! There aren't long, intimidating words for young readers. It has the perfect length for my daughter so that she doesn't get frustrated and is isn't too easy or too short.
But the best part is the moral of motivating children to be "tree huggers" by realizing how beautiful and important trees are and appreciating the fact that so many of their childhood memories have to do with trees such as climbing them, picnicing under them, fishing by them, raking their leaves and jumping into the piles, swinging high on the swing hung on them and much more. These memories will hopefully encourage them to plant trees (planting a tree is mentioned in the book) and tell their friends so they will go plant a tree too! The only thing missing to me is the science about trees such as the fact that trees clean our air. But I believe A Tree Is Nice is a great book for teaching our children to love this earth and contribute to it by planting a tree. This book can open the door for discussions about other good things for the earth such as recycling, conserving energy and eating organic foods. o8E
Such a shame that current buyers won't know what they are missing-paper and binding quality lacks in this version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice. A Caldecott Medal winner that really holds up, even 60 years later! I'm so used to being kind of disappointed in old Caldecott winners, but this one really stands out, at... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Dione Basseri
The book is great and the delivery and condition of the book were awesome. Thank you!Published 1 month ago by Mary Ann Alvarez
One of the finest children's books. The illustrations are as good as the medal might indicate... There are all sorts of amazing reasons to love trees.Published 6 months ago by Alex TB
This is such a sweet book. I love both the illustrations and the text of this book! I wish that I had purchased a hard cover, because I know that this will be a favorite. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Homeschool Mom of Four
I don't know what it is about this book but my toddler LOVES it. She has had me reading this book to her several times a day since she was 18 months old. She is 2 now. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jude