Picture a Tree

by Barbara Reid

A bare-limbed tree can be a drawing on the sky. The interplay of trees with clouds... read more

A bare-limbed tree can be a drawing on the sky. The interplay of trees with clouds or birds can be a game of dress-up. Trees arching over a street can be a tunnel. An expanse of treetops viewed from up high can look like an ocean. In an inspired tribute to trees and imagination, Barbara Reid combines a spare, thoughtful narrative and playful illustrations featuring intricately detailed human characters created in plasticene that are set against painted backgrounds. Reid invites children to think about trees creatively, and to not just look at them but interact with them as well, whether it's to seek refuge within their branches or shade beneath their leaves. There is so much to discover in her illustrations, in which the human figures and trees often mirror one another. (Ages 4-7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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