This is the tale of a grand old tree, whose roots ran deep, and whose arms reached high. She grew and shed many millions of leaves. And her children grew tall beside her. This is the tale of a grand, beautiful cycle of life. A beginning. A middle. And yes, and end that leads on to many new beginnings. This is a book with someting to say to many generations of readers.
The words are in the shape of the tree trunk: a concrete poem! I made this illustration
by cutting the roots out of brown tissue paper and using them for the branches.
A giclee print of this illustration, and others, are availablle online: Child At Heart Gallery
for storyhour and for beginning readers,
this book will make a grand
addition to most collections.
Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
delicate tissue-paper collage and watercolor illustrations (with miscellaneous
simple and her big-eyed animals are sweetly comical,
especially the fruit-munching
squirrel buddies and the fat, leaf-sailing ladybugs.
A winsome introduction
to the cycles of life. (Picture book. 4-8)
simple text conveys the tree's life and death in a matter-of-fact way,
but with well-chosen words that are
poetic in the economy of their expression
and the precision of their imagery.
sentimental nor unfeeling, this appealing picture book offers
of the cycle of life through a story that is accessible to young children.
A Grand old Tree is featured inlesson 3.1 in Perfect Pairs--Using Fiction and Non-Fiction Books to Teach Life Science, by Melissa Stewart and Nancy Chesley.
A Grand Old Tree in Copley Square, Boston!
Listen to a recording: 617-635-2133
A Grand Old Tree has traveled farther than I have!
It has been translated into Japanese, Korean, and French.
Find A Grand Old Tree at your library, local bookstore, or online.
A giclee print of the 'many seasons' illustration is availablle online: Child At Heart Gallery
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