July’s Picture Book: A Tree is Nice

20th July 2021

It’s time for the picture book of July! This month we are introducing a classic tale on conservation and the environment. All tall trees begin with the planting of a seed, just like the love for nature should be planted in a child’s soul early on. Dive into this poetic journey with your child!

A Tree is Nice is a classic story written by Janice May Udry for children ages 4 and above. Illustrated by Marc Simont, the picture book received the Caldecott Medal, the highest honour for picture book artists from American Library Association. Following the pages, the reader explores the structure of trees and that you can find them planted by the river, to the valley and the hills.

Trees have countless functions that bring children beautiful and joyous moments around the season. In autumn, you can play in foliage and on warm summer days, you can chill under the leafy branches. The twigs can be used to draw pictures in the sand. On stormy nights the strong trunk and branches keep your home grounded and well protected. Trees are closely related to food. Different trees produce the fruits that children eat every day, such as apples. The ending introduces how children can take part in planting trees and in small steps, bring better change to the environment. The author has thoughtfully articulated different aspects to decorate the beauty and importance of trees, and the book is one of the most important titles to introduce conservation to children at a young age.

The illustrations are made of colour and sketches, adding a peaceful poetic touch. Through the wondrous portraits of nature, children learn to love and care for it. Parents can encourage children to reflect on how we can protect these tall trees and the goodness trees bring to us. Through conversation and discussion, inspire children to reflect and reimagine our role in the ecosystem. Trees not only add colour and liveliness to our cityscape but also serve as important natural resources, bringing convenience to everyday life. Spending family time outdoors is a healthy way to get closer, enjoy fresh air, and of course, play fewer computer games.

As extended education, teachers can attempt to create a miniature version of a “forest” in the classroom, giving students the opportunity to plant and grow. Go Green public events are offered extensively in the community and are a perfect starting place for both parents and children to get educated and learn green knowledge.

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