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The Tree That Bear Climbed Hardcover – August 10, 2012
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This twist on “This Is the House That Jack Built” introduces young readers to the parts of a tree, from root to tippy-top branches. Beginning with “these are the roots / that anchor the tree / that bear climbed,” the poem builds cumulatively, as we move up into the branches, to the leaves, and then, finally, to a beehive. (One guess what the climbing bear is after.) While the bear is referenced at the end of each verse, he doesn’t make his grand entrance until the second to last spread. This serves to build anticipation, but kids may become disinterested as page after page detailing the tree passes. Patient children may learn a bit about tree health—including the importance of sunlight and water—along the way. The same basic scene repeats, but Rietz gamely mixes up her naturalistic illustrations by adding small details, like a squirrel, and by playing with time of day or season. An afterword discusses the basic needs of plants, and offers up four hands-on experiments. Preschool-Grade 3. --Ann Kelley
It's an impressive introduction to trees and life cycles and would pair wonderfully with a fiction title about trees. The book also contains curricular topics, more information, scientific experiments, and activities. - Library Media Connection
Handsome realistic artwork shows a close-up of each detail, from roots to honey, then depicts the whole tree with a touch of humor, as bear flees the angry bees. - Horn Book Guide
Gentle, lightly colored spreads depict the tree from the ground up, providing a higher and higher perspective as branches reach out to the sky. Phrases naturally build with a growing intensity as more elements come into view. - School Library Journal
Top customer reviews
In addition to the fun, cumulative story that children will enjoy reading for themselves or hearing read aloud, the four pages of "For Creative Minds" learning activities include additional information on the basic needs of plants, plant body parts, and how plants interact with animals, along with some hands-on plant experiments. There are also some forty to seventy pages of free additional teaching activities available at the publisher's website. Trees are a very important aspect of our ecology. The Tree that Bear Climbed will introduce young readers to what makes up a tree and some of the ways that we can benefit from trees.
"There are the roots that anchor the tree that bear climbed."
"This is the soil that feeds the roots that anchor the tree that bear climbed."
"This is the rain that waters the soil that feeds the roots that anchor the tree that bear climbed."
There are 4 pages of learning activities where children can learn about the basic needs of plants, plant body part, how plants and animals interact and Hands On: Plant Experiments.
Great illustration by Kathleen Rietz which helps brings this story to life. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.