There Was a Tree (Hardcover)

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By Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
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Bright collages depict the African setting of the song “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” Music included (3-6). — From Art - Dance - Music

Bright collages depict the African setting of the song “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” Music included (3-6).


— From Nature - Science - Weather


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!

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.

Praise For…

“Appealing. . . . Returning to the African setting and textured collage technique she has used so successfully in adaptations of folk tales. . . . A read-aloud, sing-along delight.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Bright, clear, colorful. . . . 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.”

“A fine contribution to illustrated picture books based on children’s songs.”
-The Horn Book

“Collage pictures that pop off the pages using bright colors and interesting textures. . . . . As she has chosen to make this a rebus story, young children will be able to participate in this fun read-aloud.”
-Library Media Connection

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399257414
ISBN-10: 0399257411
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: October 11th, 2012
Pages: 32
Language: English

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