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Paperback A Tree Is Nice Book

ISBN: 0064431479

ISBN13: 9780064431477

A Tree Is Nice

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Winner of the Caldecott Medal "A radiant and buoyant picture book." -- The Horn Book A Tree Is Nice is a classic tale about the beauty of the everyday world. "Simont's watercolors perfectly complement the poetic simplicity of the text, allowing the reader room to engage in his or her own imaginative embroiderings about trees" (Children's Books and Their Creators). Trees are beautiful. They fill up the sky. If you have a tree, you can climb up its...

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Terrific beginner reader book that's earth friendly!

Simple, yet beautiful text, lovely illustrations and an interesting shape of eleven inches long by seven inches wide, A Tree Is Nice is a very special book that I would recommend for all children. 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 Soar!

Create Tree Envy by Planting One!

The best early readers are those that focus on a subject that a child can easily understand, use simple words, and have illustrations that perfectly capture the words. A Tree Is Nice easily passes those tests. The book is a Caldecott medal winner for its illustrations. 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. The design also minimizes the words, which appear almost like a memorial plaque at the base of a tree in an arboretum. The style is very reminiscent of the best simple drawings of the fifties, and provide a nostalgic feeling. In addition to reading this book to your child, and having your chld read this book to you, you each must plant a tree!Where else does nature provide well for us, where you can help nature along a little? Perhaps you should consider a bird feeder or bird bath (if you have a yard). Enjoy the natural sculpture and art all around you!

Sheer Magic

This is a beautiful book. It describes all the joyous experiences that trees provide for us including shade for a picnic, a place to tie a swing, a place for cows to rest in the shade on a hot day. I have read it many times and never tire of it. The words are like poetry. A must for any young child.

Gets the imagination going

I had this book in early childhood and still love it. The pictures excite the imagination: picking fruit, climbing trees, snoozing after a picnic, etc. Brief words don't convey the worlds that open up to the person who opens the book.
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