Oak Tree

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As the oak tree blossoms, robins and squirrels begin to build their nests, bees fly in and out of their hive, and the tree comes to life. Not only is the oak a living thing itself, it is also a habitat for other living creatures that depend on it for nesting, food, and shelter. Readers follow the tree and its inhabitants through seasons of flowering, leafing and fruiting, the return to a deep winter sleep, and the springtime reawakening—completing a cycle which has gone unbroken...

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Overview

As the oak tree blossoms, robins and squirrels begin to build their nests, bees fly in and out of their hive, and the tree comes to life. Not only is the oak a living thing itself, it is also a habitat for other living creatures that depend on it for nesting, food, and shelter. Readers follow the tree and its inhabitants through seasons of flowering, leafing and fruiting, the return to a deep winter sleep, and the springtime reawakening—completing a cycle which has gone unbroken for more than one hundred years.

Describes the impact of the changing seasons on an old oak tree and the life that surrounds it.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This story of the seasons of an oak tree is truly a lovely way to bring the beauty and wonder of nature together with fascinating facts. The author teaches clearly and accurately about the life that surrounds the tree beginning in spring and coming full cycle through the seasons. The narrative is simple and easy to follow. With each page he adds details below the main story, like the fascinating fact that flying squirrels don't fly but glide, and sometimes as far as 150 feet in a single glide! The illustrations are exquisite, yet scientifically precise, a rare combination and a gift Morrison has brought to his other books about nature. This book would be a wonderful addition to an elementary school library or science class. Though the reading level is age nine, younger budding naturalists will quickly become engrossed hearing the story and delight in the artwork that complements it so well. 2000, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 7 up, $16.00. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz—Children's Literature
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Gr 2-5-Another handsome book from the author/illustrator of Bald Eagle (Houghton, 1998). A simple, straightforward narrative in large print describes the white oak, its growth, and the animals that live in and feed off it. In much smaller print, detailed asides describe the tree's inhabitants and its full life cycle, which can be read along with the large text or enjoyed separately. Explanations of terms such as photosynthesis, transpiration, and dormancy and a discussion of the autumnal colors are included. These descriptions are accompanied by small, meticulously detailed pen-and-ink drawings. Larger illustrations accompany the major narrative, also done in pen and ink, with the addition of subtle shades of watercolor. Changes in color and light help readers to experience the passage of the seasons. Unfortunately, the full enjoyment of the book is somewhat marred by two visual flaws. First, the way the type for the title is composed is jarring at first glance-it seems to say "Toak Ree." Secondly, a very small gray tree frog (2 1/2 inches in length) appears larger than the robin (9-to-11 inches in length) pictured behind it. In all other respects, this is a beautiful and informative book for young naturalists.-Virginia Golodetz, Children's Literature New England, Burlington, VT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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"The seasons of n oak tree from spring to spring and the animals who live in and around it are presented with meticulously drawn paintings, which extend the text and convey additional information. . . . Beautiful design, carefully chosen information, and fine craftsmanship by the author have produced another splendid science nature title that invites careful reading and viewing."—Kirkus Reviews, pointer Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618609185
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/24/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Morrison is a well-known naturalist whose work has been praised by Roger Tory Peterson as "Marvelous, beautiful, excellent . . . Morrison's work is so inspiring that I wish such clear material was available when I was slowly learning ecology. . . . We owe a debt of gratitude to Gordon for his interpretive skills as an artist. He is a superb teacher who uses visual methods." Robert Bateman likened his work to that of Albrecht Durer and Andrew Wyeth. Gordon Morrison makes his home in Massachusetts.

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