Picture A Tree

Picture A Tree

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: Toronto : North Winds Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9781443107617
Characteristics: 30 pages : chiefly color illustrations

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Juiceylimes
Oct 30, 2017

Mira Mesa: E/REID

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
“There is more than one way to picture a tree.” A lushly illustrated ode to trees in all their forms and grandeur.

nypl_morningside_heights Mar 17, 2014

I liked it more than the children, I think my group was a little too young for this story - more for age 4 and older.

I have always loved Barbra Reid's work. She is a very talented sculptor and brings stories to life with her imagery. She has only gotten better :)

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 28, 2013

What I love about Picture a Tree is that it not only makes for an eye-popping visual jaw-dropper, and that it not only reads like a dream, but that it also fulfills a purpose. Kids need tree books. Good tree books. Original tree books that won’t bore them to tears. Reid delivers. Hers is a book you can enjoy any time of the year in any context, tree assignment or no tree assignment. Celebrate Arbor Day early. Grab yourself a bit o’ tree. A book that makes its pulped paper proud.

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6semkereaders
Nov 18, 2012

I love to look at Barbara Reid illustrations, done in detail and fun colours and all with plasticine. Different.
The book is easy to read and has about one sentence per page.

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Dec 10, 2019

picturebookfan thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 28, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 7

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 28, 2013

Endpapers display trees in a myriad of forms, from thunderstruck deciduous to the mushrooms that grow on a trunk. Says the text, “There is more than one way to picture a tree”. You might consider that the tree sporting birds or snow is engaged in a game of dress-up. Or you might think a tree-lined walkway a tunnel or (seen from above) an ocean. Delving deftly into the many different ways that trees can be seen and interpreted and equated with the humans that dart above their roots, Reid creates all new ways of looking at and enjoying our fine leafy friends. Her final words, “Picture a tree. What do you see?”

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