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A Tree For All Seasons

by Maryse Guittet
     
 

This uniquely shaped board book celebrates the cycle of the year with a tree that blossoms in spring, bears fruit in summer, sheds its leaves in fall, and cradles snow in winter. Young readers follow the passage of seasons in a succession of spreads, each filled with simple text and intriguing lift-the-flaps that reveal the many creatures—from owls to

Overview

This uniquely shaped board book celebrates the cycle of the year with a tree that blossoms in spring, bears fruit in summer, sheds its leaves in fall, and cradles snow in winter. Young readers follow the passage of seasons in a succession of spreads, each filled with simple text and intriguing lift-the-flaps that reveal the many creatures—from owls to bumblebees—who all find shelter in the tree's boughs.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
In this board book die-cut in the shape of a tree, readers can explore the changes to the tree and its foliage as the seasons progress. "It's spring. The tree bursts into blossom," reads the opening spread; a cartoon bird, ladybug, and bee are labeled in the bloom-filled branches, and lifting a flap that reads "Who's hiding here?" uncovers a pink rabbit. The next two pages hold similar activities and sightings for summer and fall; winter gets short shrift, though, with the snowy tree shown on the book's back cover, along with the copyright information. Ages 3–up. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"A sculpture itself with stepped layers that joyfully trace the year's cycle."—Redbook Magazine's Mamarama Blog"

The youngest of readers will appreciate this gorgeous tree-shaped board book.—WorkingMother.com"

Readers can explore the changes to the tree and its foliage as the seasons progress."-Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
A year in the life of a tree.This cleverly designed novelty item is shaped like a tree; the trunk remains stable while the treetop forms the pages. Each subsequent page is bigger than the next, resulting in a layered front cover that reveals a slice of each page. In spring, the tree is covered with pink blossoms. A bird, ladybug and bee flit around its branches, and, out of place in the arboreal scene, a rabbit waits to be discovered behind a flap. Apples, a butterfly, dragonfly, caterpillar, fly, mouse and ants occupy the tree in summer, and this time, the flap reveals a worm munching a juicy apple. In the fall scene, the green background gives way to orange, against which individual leaves of red, gold and green stand out as well as a spider, snail and bird. Two flaps grace this page spread, concealing a squirrel and an owl. Readers will likely wonder about what has happened to winter, which has been given short shrift here—it's pictured only on the back cover. Children will be attracted to the novel shape of this offering, but not much else about it stands out. Also, once the flaps have been lifted, they tend to stay open, preventing the book from closing properly.Skippable. (Board book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782848019451
Publisher:
Tourbillon
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Sales rank:
462,983
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Maryse Guittet studied graphic design at college in Paris, where she now doodles and dreams.

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