Title: A Tree is a Home
Author: Pamela Hickman
Major Themes: Trees, Plants
Synopsis: Beautiful pictures and succinct text show the annual and life cycles of a tree and six different animals that live in it.
Sometimes, a good picture book is just what you need to teach children something. In the case of A Tree is a Home, it is a great way to show seasons, life cycles, and the diversity in nature! The pictures are delightful. My little people enjoyed this book!
What does a tree look like throughout the year? This book takes a close look at what is happening to an old oak tree in the autumn, winter, spring, and summer. At the end, a two-page spread shows the details of the life cycle of an oak tree.
What animals live in a tree? Six different animals are described. These are a raccoon, an acorn weevil, an opossum, a gray squirrel, a blue jay, and a chipmunk. Each season, a picture shows what is happening with the animal during that season, and at the end of the book, the life cycle of each is described. I was surprised by one of the details of the weevil!
A Tree is a Home is the kind of book my very little children often like to study. The paintings are detailed, and there are lots of little pictures to pore over.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Read Aloud—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9, 8 – 12