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The Things That I Love About Trees

The Things That I Love About Trees

Spring 2018 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Chris Butterworth
Illustrator: Charlotte Voake
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763695699
Hardcover Price: $15.99

Author Chris Butterworth and illustrator Charlotte Voake celebrate trees from the keen-eyed and loving perspective of a little girl observing changes to leaves and bark, flowers and fruit from one spring to the next. In a light, conversational tone, matched by Voake's fluidly expressive watercolor and ink illustrations, the young narrator describes a plum tree's blossoms "buzzing with bees." The leaves of shady trees in summer "swish like the sea" when the wind blows. A storm-tossed tree in winter waits "for the warm days of spring … to wake up all over again!" In addition, Butterworth invites deeper learning with simply stated tree facts that are set in small type separate from the main narrative. The endpapers identify various leaf shapes and the book concludes with two pages of suggested tree-related activities.

Lynne Heffley   ©2018 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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