Picture a Tree
Written & Illustrated by Barbara Reid. Scholastic Canada
Picture a tree – what do you see?
From bare branches tracing the sky to an explosion of colour, a place for adventure or a friend to shelter us from the sun-a tree can be so many things. With lyrical text and her signature Plasticine magic, Barbara Reid captures these majestic beings: in every season, growing and changing, interacting with the people and animals around them.
Picture a tree – now, look again!
- Watch the video Creating Picture a Tree
- Play the Picture a Tree video game!
Available in French
- 2012 Libris Children’s Picture Book of the Year
- The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection
- OLA Best Bets for Children Selection
- Toronto Public Library First & Best List
- USBBY Outstanding International Book
- The Governor General’s Award for Illustration
- The Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon award for Illustration
- The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Picture Book Award
- The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
- The Shining Willow Award
Readers will marvel at the 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
…the premise here is original; the artistry, stunning. The forty value-added vignettes on the endpapers make us reluctant to close the book.
— Hornbook, starred review
This is a book to open the artist’s eye in any reader.
— Quill and Quire, starred review
****/4 … Reid invites her young readers to see the true majesty of nature’s bounty.
— Canadian Materials
Age and curriculum suggestions
- Pre-school to grade 3, ages 4 to 8
- Trees, forests, science, environment, nature, seasons, art