What Do You See When You Look at a Tree?

What Do You See When You Look at a Tree?
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November 01, 2022
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What do you see when you look at a tree? Leaves and twigs and branches?
Or do you see a living thing that moves and breathes and dances?

Full of finely drawn forest scenes, this gentle picture book encourages children to explore their connections with nature. Award-winning artist Emma Carlisle asks readers to consider how each tree is different, what they have witnessed in their centuries of life, what animals they have sheltered, and who may have played under their branches. Exploring growth through the eyes of a child, this lovely picture book urges readers to connect with the world around them, fostering a deeper appreciation for the natural environment and their place within it.

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lovely picture book about trees
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WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT A TREE? is a thoughtful book that invites children to think about the trees all around them. The story is written in the form of a poem as a series of questions. Instead of just thinking about trees as branches and leaves, the story invites children to consider the ways in which they are living beings who grow and are each unique.

What I loved: This was a lovely book that invites children to think about the world around them. Trees are unique and interesting in all sorts of ways, and the book invites them to think about the different types, features, and the ways that they are living too. Trees live for so long, and the book points out the experiences they may have had and will have all around us. Posed as a series of questions, it is a thoughtful story for young readers that invites them to consider the parts of nature they may have not before.

The font is large and clear, making it easy to read throughout. Each page contains a stanza of the poem, making the pages turn fairly quickly. Designed for toddlers and preschoolers, this is a softly drawn book with plenty of details to help them consider the majesty of trees all around.

What left me wanting more: As a small thing, the poem can be a bit awkward in places. While it generally has an every other line rhyme, the choices feel a bit stilted in places with words that don't quite rhyme, which can cause some small stumbles when reading aloud.

Final verdict: A poem to celebrate trees, WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT A TREE? is a lovely picture book that encourages little ones to enjoy nature all around.
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