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Picture a Tree

illustrated by Barbara Reid

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published: Oct 2011
ISBN:9781443107617
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Picture a tree - what do YOU see?

Picture a tree, from every season, and from every angle. These wondrous beings give shade and shelter. They protect, and bring beauty to, any landscape.

Now look again. Look closer.

A tree's colours both soothe and excite. Its shape can ignite the imagination and conjure a pirate ship, a bear cave, a clubhouse, a friend; an ocean, a tunnel, and a home sweet home. Its majestic presence evokes family, growth, changes, endings and new beginnings.

Picture a tree - what do you see? The possibilities are endless.

In this gorgeous new picture book, Barbara Reid brings her vision, her craft, and her signature Plasticine artwork to the subject of trees. Each page is a celebration, and you will never look at trees in quite the same way again.

Contributor Notes

Barbara Reid is a critically-acclaimed Canadian author and illustrator, well known to children, parents, and teachers alike for her vibrant Plasticine illustrations. Barb has received every major Canadian children's book award, including the Governor General's Award. Perfect Snow was one of Quill & Quire's "15 Books that Mattered" for 2009. Barb lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Illustration
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)
  • Winner, CBA Libris Awards - Children's Picture Book of the Year
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best Booklist
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Praise for Picture a Tree

Winner, CBA Libris Picture Book of the Year, 2012
Finalist, Governor General's Award, 2012
Finalist, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2012
Shortlist, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2012
Shortlist, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration, 2012
Shortlist, Shining Willow Award, 2012
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2012
OLA Best Bests, 2011
Toronto Public Library "First & Best" Booklist 2011

*"Virtuoso Plasticine artist Barbara Reid has created another extraordinary book to delight readers of every age." -Quill & Quire, starred review

*"Readers will marvel at the amazing 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

"Another bravura performance from Reid." -The Globe & Mail

"From the opening flyleaves to the last page, Picture a Tree is a marvel of sharp observation, appreciation and playfulness . . . Excellent." -The Toronto Star

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Picture a Tree

“There is more than one way to picture a tree.” What an intriguing suggestion! Picture a Tree invites us to take a closer look at these natural sentinels. What do you see when you use your imagination? Trees can be transformed into tunnels, oceans, pirate ships, urban domiciles, bear caves and sun umbrellas. Depending on their chronological growth, there are baby trees, adolescents, grown-ups and grandfathers. They dress differently for every season and assume a variety of personalities. Best of all, they can become our friends.

Barbara Reid has composed a compelling homage to trees. Not only does she explore the symbiotic relationship we have with them, but also their significance in our neighbourhoods. We witness the trees’ transformation through age as well as the changing months. Reid’s brief, creative text leads to even deeper meaning when partnered with her incomparable Plasticine illustrations. A not-sosecret world beckons us, if only we will take the time to observe. The phrase “A tree can be a high-rise home sweet home” is enriched upon examining how the activities of individuals living in an apartment mirror the similar behaviour of the wildlife being sheltered by a tall tree adjacent to the building. People and trees can look after each other. Here, a young child is watering a sapling, and there, a mature tree is providing shade to passersby on a hot summer’s day.

Reid’s illustrations take us on a tree’s cyclical journey through the seasons: the gnarled, bare branches of winter, the tentative tinge of leafy green followed by the explosion of colour in the spring, the full blown lushness of summer, the rusty hues of autumn, to the starkness of winter once more, with the beginnings of new growth ever on the horizon. One never tires of examining this artist’s work. It’s as if we are viewing familiar landscapes for the first time. Reid makes the known seem almost startlingly new with her gift for observation, detail and humour. Photographer Ian Crysler skilfully highlights the intricacies and joy of her work.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2011. Volume 34 No. 4.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Picture a Tree

What do you see when you look at a tree? Look closely and you may be surprised! Trees can shelter us from the sun, give us a place to play or read and provide homes for many little creatures. Trees come in all shapes and sizes and change from season to season. Barbara Reid’s Plasticine magic and lyrical text capture trees in all their splendour. This title is also available in French as Imagine un arbre.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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