Rachel Isadora There Was a Tree

ISBN 13: 9780399257414

There Was a Tree

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A favorite children's song becomes a colorful book filled with African wildlife

Also known as "The Green Grass Grew All Around," this popular song has been recorded by artists from Barney to Captain Kangaroo. Now "the prettiest tree that you ever did see" is a lovely acacia tree, where a baby starling is just about to hatch. Rachel Isadora gives children a fun, easy way to follow along with the cumulative lyrics by using rebus icons for the repeated words, as she did with 12 Days of Christmas. Sheet music is also included, making this irresistible fun!

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About the Author:

Rachel Isadora received a Caldecott Honor for Ben's Trumpet. She is the author of Say Hello!, Peekaboo Bedtime, and the Lili at Ballet series, and has written and illustrated several classic tales set in Africa, including The Ugly Duckling, Hansel and Gretel, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Princess and the Pea. She lives in New York City.

From Booklist:

The popular folk song “And the Green Grass Grew All Around” gets a new setting in this lively picture book with bright, clear, colorful collage double-page spreads that show a small boy with his mother in the African savanna, pointing at a hole in the ground, a spreading acacia tree, a branch, and a nest. On each uncluttered spread, Isadora includes an African animal: a giraffe appears by the branch; a lion stands with her cub; a vervet monkey looks at a nest; butterflies fly overhead; and a chick hatches out of its egg. In a final scene, two kids stand under the tree, pointing at a gorgeous glowing sunset. The colorful borders include pieces of bright Kente cloth along with bands of geometric designs. For the cumulative chorus on each spread, Isadora uses rebus icons, which are explained in a final list, and she also includes sheet music and the full text at the back. This lively new version of a story hour standard will appeal to young preschoolers as well as to older kids on the cusp of reading. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman

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