There was a Tree

(2012)
There was a Tree

 

This charming book is based on the folk song “The Green Grass Grew All Around”, a cumulative song that grows longer and longer with multiple verses.  The book starts with a hole in the ground which grows a tree, which has a branch, and so on, with “the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around” ending every verse.  Isadora uses rebuses to allow children to help read the story, similar to “The Jacket I Wear in the Snow”, by Shirley Neitzel.  The beautiful and creative illustrations were created using oil paints, printed paper, and palette paper.  At the end of the book is the music for anyone who is not familiar with the song.  Highly recommended for preschool through 2nd grade.

 

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