Picture a Tree

Picture Books | October 1, 2011

byBarbara ReidIllustratorBarbara Reid

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Picture a tree - what do YOU see?

Picture a tree, from every season, and from every angle. These wondrous beings give shade and shelter. They protect, and bring beauty to, any landscape.

Now look again. Look closer.

A tree's colours both soothe and excite. Its shape can ignite the imagination and conjure a pirate ship, a bear cave, a clubhouse, a friend; an ocean, a tunnel, and a home sweet home. Its majestic presence evokes family, growth, changes, endings and new beginnings.

Picture a tree - what do you see? The possibilities are endless.

In this gorgeous new picture book, Barbara Reid brings her vision, her craft, and her signature Plasticine artwork to the subject of trees. Each page is a celebration, and you will never look at trees in quite the same way again.

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Picture a tree - what do YOU see?Picture a tree, from every season, and from every angle. These wondrous beings give shade and shelter. They protect, and bring beauty to, any landscape.Now look again. Look closer.A tree's colours both soothe and excite. Its shape can ignite the imagination and conjure a pirate ship, a bear cave, a club...

Barbara Reid is a critically-acclaimed Canadian author and illustrator, well known to children, parents, and teachers alike for her vibrant Plasticine illustrations. Barb has received every major Canadian children's book award, including the Governor General's Award. Perfect Snow was one of Quill & Quire's "15 Books that Mattered" for ...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.28 × 10.29 × 0.34 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443107611

ISBN - 13:9781443107617

Appropriate for ages: 3

Customer Reviews of Picture a Tree

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful My family and I love the books by Barbara Reid so much. And to be honest I never thought she would create a book I would love more than Perfect Snow but she has done it. This book completely blew us away. The detail and intricacy of the plasticine illustrations of trees is mind-boggling. We can spend ages just going over the inside jackets and all the details in them. This book travels around the seasons and through various locations with a plethora of types, sizes and styles of trees. Even as an adult, it is amazing to go through the illustrations and pick out the details and quality of artwork. This is a wonderful book that we will treasure for years to come!
Date published: 2012-09-18

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From the Author

"I have always loved trees, and spent much of my childhood climbing them, drawing them, playing under and around them. Trees have personalities and moods, and nothing tells the story of the changing seasons like a tree. Over the course of morning dog walks in the Don Valley I started to think about a series of images of trees that would represent each passing month. Choosing images to express the playfulness of branches and clouds, the character of an old tree, or the explosion of spring was like putting together a puzzle, or drawing a poem." -Barbara Reid

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Picture a TreeWinner, CBA Libris Picture Book of the Year, 2012Finalist, Governor General's Award, 2012Finalist, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2012Shortlist, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2012Shortlist, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration, 2012Shortlist, Shining Willow Award, 2012CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2012OLA Best Bests, 2011Toronto Public Library "First & Best" Booklist 2011*"Virtuoso Plasticine artist Barbara Reid has created another extraordinary book to delight readers of every age." -Quill & Quire, starred review*"Readers will marvel at the amazing details . . . a special book indeed." -Kirkus, starred review*"From striking double-page spreads to inviting endpapers, these delightful illustrations reward close attention with clever details." -Booklist, starred review"Another bravura performance from Reid." -The Globe & Mail"From the opening flyleaves to the last page, Picture a Tree is a marvel of sharp observation, appreciation and playfulness . . . Excellent." -The Toronto Star