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A tree for me
Van Laan, Nancy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2000.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A child climbs five different trees, looking for a place to hide and finding an increasing number of animals already in residence, until finally the perfect tree is found.
Reading Level:
250 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 1 Quiz: 21890 Guided reading level: H.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books

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In simple rhyme, Nancy Van Laan tells the joyous story of a child looking for a tree to call his own. He climbs five trees and discovers them occupied by everything from one owl nesting to five spiders spinning, until at last he finds the tree that's perfect for him . . . right in his own backyard! Told from a child's perspective, this engaging book has many levels: it's a counting book, a book of concepts, and a point-and-say book, and it also shows every child's desire to explore the big, wide world and know that the comfort of home is close at hand. Bold, graphic illustrations add to the fun, making this a great choice for young audiences.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Preschoolers and kindergartners will delight in the rhymes, rhythms, and humor in this counting book. "All around the hill where the brook runs free, / I look, look, look for a tree for me." So begins the search of a child and dog for a special tree to climb. But all the trees seem to be occupied; the first by an owl, the next by two possums, on up to the fifth with five spiders. The last tree ("the tree for me") is happily vacant. It also happens to be right next to the boy's home--and contains a tree house where he lies down to sleep, his parents looking on through a window. This is ostensibly a counting book, and it's a reasonably good one. It will work well as a read-aloud rhyme, and could easily be accompanied by pantomime. The collages, reminiscent of Eric Carle's, are not sophisticated in terms of color or shape, but they are exuberant and fun. --Tim Arnold

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Finding the right tree for playing is hard work, but this narrator has plenty of spirit, trying again and again. Enthusiasm abounds as he runs from tree to tree, only to find that each one is already inhabited. He enters the world of backyard animals from squirrels to spiders, and hears and sees them playing, too. Finally, in a tree that holds a world just for him, he falls asleep, utterly exhausted. Repetition is cleverly entwined into this rhythmic narrative, such as "On moss-covered rocks, crickets chirp, `Chirree!'/as I look, look, look for a tree for me." Primitive-style painted images combine with a collage technique, resulting in a look that is similar to the artist's previous work. What is different here is the use of more white space, which emphasizes contrast, makes the words more visible, and adds to a sense of openness. A fine pairing of author and illustrator, resulting in an appealing story.-Tina Hudak, Takoma Park Maryland Library, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.