Archive for December 2nd, 2014


by Sam Juliano

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

Trees as a subject for picture books began to take root in the children’s literature community after a 1956 collaboration between author Janice May Udry and illustrator Marc Simont –A Tree is Nice- resulted in a Caldecott Medal for the latter.  Eight years later Shel Silverstein’s now classic The Giving Tree released, and was translated into a number of languages.  The ever-creative artist Lois Ehlert a number of years later chronicled maple tree maturation from seed to sapling with watercolor collages and leaf shaped die cuts in Red Leaf Yellow Leaf.  Diane Muldrow and Bob Staake joined forces a few years back for the delightful We Planted a Tree, and in 2014 picture book aficionados were treated to a trio of high quality tree-themed works, two of which are Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor’s arresting Sequoia, and As an Oak Tree Grows by G. Brian Karas in Virginia Lee Burton mode.  Both of those titles will be examined in the present series later in December. (more…)

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