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The Tree That Bear Climbed

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The Tree That Bear Climbed is a creative twist on the classic, The House that Jack Built. Young listeners and early readers will love the rhythmic repetition as they learn about the many parts of a tree. Beginning with the roots that anchor the tree, this cumulative verse story climbs to a surprise ending. Why is the bear so eager to climb the tree and what happens when he gets to the top? Kate Rietz's vivid and detailed illustrations will enthrall children of all ages.

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Overview

The Tree That Bear Climbed is a creative twist on the classic, The House that Jack Built. Young listeners and early readers will love the rhythmic repetition as they learn about the many parts of a tree. Beginning with the roots that anchor the tree, this cumulative verse story climbs to a surprise ending. Why is the bear so eager to climb the tree and what happens when he gets to the top? Kate Rietz's vivid and detailed illustrations will enthrall children of all ages.

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A salute to trees, their needs and the interactions between plants and animals. Beginning with the roots, Berkes introduces one part of the tree or its environment at a time: soil, rain, trunk, branches, leaves, sun, blossoms and pollen. Each new addition to the cumulative "House That Jack Built" rhyme provides a little information: "This is the rain / that waters the soil / that feeds the roots / that anchor the tree / that bear climbed." This last line (and the book's title) may seem odd to children who are reading all about the tree's needs, but once the bees and their hive and their honey enter the poem, it is not hard to guess how the bear gets involved, nor what will happen to him when he does. Two spreads of backmatter extend the learning, with a huge treasure trove of additional educational materials posted on the publisher's website. Two pages teach readers about the basic needs of plants and the interaction between plants and animals. Two pages of activities challenge children to match a tree's parts to their descriptions and conduct some experiments with plants. Rietz's detailed artwork uses natural colors to great effect--readers will almost smell the blossoms on the tree and hear the buzzing of the bees with their furry bodies and transparent wings. The repetitive text, surprise ending and effortless learning make this a sure winner for the classroom. (Informational picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607185376
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/10/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,430,324
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    What do you think would be the reason why a bear might want to c

    What do you think would be the reason why a bear might want to climb a tree? In this rhythmic, repetitive text, reminiscent of “The House That Jack Built” and beautifully illustrated by Kathleen Rietz, author Marianne Berkes tells about all the different things that relate to the tree—its roots, the soil, the rain, its trunk, its branches, its leaves, the sun, its blossoms, its pollen, the bees, the hives, the honey, and, of course, the bear. Ah! Now you know why the bear climbed the tree. But what will the bees do? And how will the bear react?

    In addition to the fun, cumulative story that children will enjoy reading for themselves or hearing read aloud, the four pages of “For Creative Minds” learning activities include additional information on the basic needs of plants, plant body parts, and how plants interact with animals, along with some hands-on plant experiments. There are also some forty to seventy pages of free additional teaching activities available at the publisher’s website. Trees are a very important aspect of our ecology. The Tree that Bear Climbed will introduce young readers to what makes up a tree and some of the ways that we can benefit from trees.

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

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    A good introduction to the parts of a tree

    There’s a big, beautiful tree in the field that Bear is just dying to climb. Why? Well there must be something up at the top that he wants. But before he can get to the top, Bear has to start, well, at the bottom. And what better way to learn about trees and all their parts than by following Bear up that tree, going part by part, starting at the roots. The Tree That Bear Climbed uses rhythmic repetition, using the familiar tale The House That Jack Built as the basis for the story. Starting with the roots, the book goes through all the major parts of a tree, and of its surrounding environment, adding a tidbit about what each part does. This is the rain/that waters the soil/that feeds the roots/that anchor the tree that bear climbed. There are quite a few parts to the tree and when readers get to the end, they’re in for a big surprise as the bear finds just what he was looking for…and then some! There are four pages of educational material at the back of the book to aid educators as well as interactive quizzes and further related material on the publisher’s website. Quill says: A good first book to teach little ones all about plants, how they grow, and why they are so important.

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