By Author / Illustrator
What do you see when you look at a tree? Leaves and twigs and branches? Or do you see a real, living thing, That moves, and breathes and dances? Immerse yourself in this gentle picture book that encourages us to explore our connection with nature. This wonderful picture book explores themes of empathy, mindfulness and personal growth through the eyes of a child.
Beautifully written and illustrated by the award-winning artist Emma Carlisle, What Do You See When You Look At a Tree? urges readers to reconnect with nature by asking questions that encourage critical thinking and reflection on their own development, as well as helping to establish a deeper appreciation for the environment and their place within it.
Stunning watercolour and hand-finished artwork draws parallels to the bestselling The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, and evokes the classic nostalgia of E. H. Shephard's much-loved Winnie-the-Pooh.Mindfulness tips and information about trees are included at the back of the book for both adult and child to read together.
Wow, what a beautifully presented book this is. Emma Carlisle has written a wonderful rhyming text which is carefully thought through to encourage readers, young or old, to ask those questions that make us stop and think. I would challenge anyone who reads this book not to look at trees in a different way afterwards!
What Do You See When You Look At a Tree? would link seamlessly with KS1 science topics where children need to be able to name common types of trees. The environment around us is a huge feature in many different age phases and mental health spans across the curriculum, so this book would be perfect as a session starter for any of these sessions.
It would also be wonderful for story time in Foundation stage 1 or 2 (ages 3+), especially in the summer, when you could read it sitting under a tree. It is sure to be a firm classroom book box or library favourite.
Picture book / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+