Tree is a book about the seasons, but it's also a book about change, colour, and the flora and fauna that magically transforms itself throughout the year--something that never fails to enchant adults, let alone kids.
A poetic text takes us through the year, from winter through to spring, with a central peek-hole showing a stoic owl, who (hoo! hoo!) never leaves his roost. Along the way, however, we meet all manner of creatures and flora, whether by surrounding scene additions, or extra cut-out holes in the tree's trunk and branches, revealing a cache of happy critters, from birds to squirrels and bees.
By the end of the story, as the tree goes from bare to blossom to bloom and back again, the pages become like Swiss cheese, with all manner of holey peeks for kids to poke their fingers into and explore. Of course, as the seasons turn to snow once more, the breezy holes make a disappearance, until there are none left at all.
Thoughtful, strikingly-illustrated, warm and charming, this is a must-have for picture book collectors, and a must-read for kids.
Clothbound and exquisitely produced on uncoated paper, this is what books are about.
Title: Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go
Author/Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup
Publisher: Little Tiger Kids, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2015
Format: Hard cover, cloth bound
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book