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Picture a Tree

By Barbara Reid, Barbara Reid (Illustrated by)

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Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 March 2013

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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 colour. 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

About the Author

Barbara Reid is an award-winning author-illustrator best known for her work in plasticine. Her previous Whitman titles include Fox Walked Alone and Perfect Snow. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Barbara Reid is an award-winning author-illustrator best known for her work in Plasticine. Her previous Whitman titles include Fox Walked Alone and Perfect Snow. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Reviews

"The vibrant pictures will draw in readers, while the text will encourage them to view the world in a different way." School Library Journal, April 1, 2013 "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." Starred Review, Booklist, February 15, 2013 "The Plasticine is expressive, detailed and gestural, with emotions showing on each face and careful craft in even the tiniest leaf and twig." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2013 "The plasticine medium is both inviting and kinetic, inspiring readers to themselves roll, smear, layer, mix, scratch, and dimple. The premise here is original; the artistry, stunning. The forty value-added vignettes on the endpapers make us reluctant to close the book." Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2013

EAN: 9780807565261
ISBN: 0807565261
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Dimensions: 25.4 x 25.91 x 1.02 centimetres (0.41 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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