Book of the Week: Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid

Picture a Tree
Picture A Tree by Barbara Reid
October 1st 2011 Northwinds Press
From bare branches tracing the sky to an explosion of colour, a place for adventure or a friend to shelter us from the sun – a tree can be so many things. 

With lyrical text and her signature Plasticine magic, Barbara Reid captures these majestic beings: in all weather, in every season, growing and changing, interacting with the people and animals around them. 

Picture a tree – now, look again

I love the concept of this book. Text is short and sweet. The pictures however, are detailed and extraordinary.


I shared this story in my Little Artists (preschool) program when we were learning about the different ways people illustrate. Everyone made their own tree out of plasticine. We used paper plates as the base for creation. 

Book of the Week: Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Published by HarperCollins September 2011
32 pages -Reviewed from personal copy
When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he’s determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action . . . is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning.

     Oliver Jeffers creates wonderful picture books. I’m always excited when he has a new book coming out because I know it’s going to be just what I look for in a great read aloud.  Oliver Jeffers never disappoints. Stuck is laugh out loud funny and  filled with the unexpected. His drawings are simple and yet so expressive. The story has wide appeal for many ages and I’ve read it in family story time and for my Reading Buddies program and it was a hit. It makes a wonderful flannel board story as the children can add the items to the tree one by one… patterns for this will be posted in the coming week!!

Highly recommended.