As An Oak Tree Grows

As An Oak Tree Grows

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This picture book relays the events of two hundred years from the unique perspective of a magnificent oak tree, showing how much the world can transform from a single vantage point. From 1775 to the present day, this framing device lets readers watch as human and animal populations shift and the landscape transitions from country to city. Methods of transportation, communication and energy use progress rapidly while other things hardly seem to change at all.
Publisher: New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780399252334
0399252339
9780399176036
0399176039
9780605935914
0605935912
Branch Call Number: PB
Characteristics: 30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm + 1 poster

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missbeecrafty
May 30, 2016

My Young Lad (age 6) really enjoyed this book. The illustrations have lots to look at and talk about, and he really enjoyed the activity sheet at the back, especially the seek-and-find. The story is lovely and simple. It tells of the changes that happen around an oak tree during the 200 or so years of its life.

I've read quite a few reviews and comments from people unhappy with the way the author describes the Native American boy growing up and moving away, but I think that this amount of detail of the historical events is just right for the age group the book is directed at, especially considering the sparse narrative. Parents or teachers can explain further why the boy moved away, and where he likely moved to.

You can read some comments here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18635639-as-an-oak-tree-grows?from_search=true&search_version=service

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libraryeri
Dec 01, 2014

It's unusual to find a children's book with an unhappy ending (spoiler alert: the tree dies in the end). Not sure that the young children that usually are the audience for picture books will fully grasp the centuries-long timeline. Still, lovely illustrations and a charming idea.

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