Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid
How do you picture a tree? Do you see a drawing on the sky? A tunnel? An ocean? A sun umbrella to stop on your hot walk home? What do you see? These are just some of the ideas that Reid puts forward in her picture book that pays homage to trees and their ever-changing beauty. Starting with the spring and moving through all of the seasons, this book will have you looking into the trees around you and noticing them even more.
Reid’s text here is simple but very effective. She gets you dreaming of your own answers and also seeing trees from all angles and all seasons. The true focus here though is her art. Done entirely in Plasticine clay, they have a wonderful three-dimensional quality to them and are anything but simple. In fact, the detail is amazing and will keep readers gazing long after they complete the words on the page.
An awesome addition to any Arbor Day, Earth Day, tree-related or seasonal story time or unit, this book should inspire all of us to wonder about trees. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from library copy.
You can also see the trailer for the book for a glimpse of Reid’s art and words: