Saturday, 21 November 2015

TREE Written by Patricia Hegarty & Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup


In the forest, all is still,
Gripped by winter's icy chill.
Owl sits watching in his tree…
No one sees as much as he.

Published by Little Tiger Press in 2015

Summary From Little Tiger Press
Explore the beauty of the changing seasons in this timeless tale of new beginnings, with beautiful artwork from the award-winning illustrator Britta Teckentrup.
With lyrical rhyming text, follow the life cycle of a tree through spring, summer, autumn and winter. Peek through the holes in the tree to find a busy world of nature at work through rain and shine, wind and snow. Each season of the year is brought to life by Britta's beautiful artwork and the clever die-cuts on every page create a stunning layered effect.
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This book tells the story of the seasons in rhyme. It has a gentle, lilting quality and is a useful tool in teaching children about nature through the year, though some of the language is a little old fashioned, for example:
Birds flit through the leafy bowers,
The forest is abloom with flowers. 

There are holes cut in the pages which young children will find perfect for little fingers and the illustrations of the changing tree, and the animals, birds and insects that live in and around it, should encourage plenty of chat about leaf colour, the weather and other aspects of nature. 
The illustrations are colourful, which could help if you're teaching your child colour recognition, and there are counting opportunities, too, particularly with the animals and birds. Do look out for the spider's web and mark its progress through the seasons.
This is not a story exactly, but it is a book for nature lovers and one which young children will enjoy.

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