Do Trees Sneeze? by Jean FreemanDo Trees Sneeze? by Jean Freeman

Do Trees Sneeze?

byJean FreemanIllustratorVal Lawton

Paperback | October 1, 2014

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Do trees sneeze in the autumn breeze? My nonna says they do. What do YOU think?
Jean Freeman loves sharing laughter with children, so she likes to tell funny stories. Jean is an actor as well as a storyteller, and for six seasons she played the mayor's grandma in the popular Canadian TV comedy series Corner Gas, and again in Corner Gas: The Movie. Do Trees Sneeze? is her fourth early-reader book with Val Lawton, f...
Title:Do Trees Sneeze?Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 8 × 8 × 0.13 inPublished:October 1, 2014Publisher:Your Nickel's Worth PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927756324

ISBN - 13:9781927756324


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When Val Lawton was a kid, her favourite books always had great pictures -- like Winnie-The-Pooh and The Twits. It was the books with simple, scratchy drawings that appealed to her the most. In addition to being a best-selling, award-winning children's book illustrator, Val also works as an artist-educator with the Learning Through the Arts program, which means she helps kids learn while creating art. Val lives in Calgary with her family and two beagles. Do Trees Sneeze? is her 30th book.

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It’s leaf-falling season, and the trees are in their full-splendoured glory. According to Nonna, however, it won’t be long before they begin to lose their lovely leaves and tuck their sap down deep inside to keep themselves warm. Nonna believes that her friends the trees, who give her a scratchy hug back whenever she hugs them, are capable of much more than people realize. When she sees that the trees are working up to a sneeze, Nonna suggests her grandchildren close their eyes and just listen, so that when they open them again, they are faced with the wonderful surprise of a bare tree and a pile of leaves on the ground to play in. The illustrations, by well-known artist Val Lawton, are quite detailed and vividly show the human characteristics that Nonna insists the trees have. From using their dainty branch arms to paint their own leaves each fall, to allowing the wind to undress them at bedtime, the tree’s expressions and carefully drawn movements are spot on.This is the fourth collaboration between Freeman and Lawton, and it would be a fun and unique addition to an autumn-themed story time. It begs to be acted out animatedly by both the reader and the listeners, and would be perfectly paired with an art project.Thematic Links: Autumn; Trees; ImaginationNicole RowlinsonResource Links, vol. 20, no. 4.