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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HallidayBooks; New edition edition (1 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953945987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953945986
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 0.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Halliday was born in London and grew up in Surrey. He studied at Epsom School of Art and Design, Lancashire University and Kingston University. Following his graduation from Kingston with a BA in Graphic Design, he worked as a designer and illustrator. Since publishing his first books 'The Lonely Tree' and 'The Scummage', he has run the independent children's publisher HallidayBooks producing original children's titles. He has created several commissioned books and is currently working on the long awaited prequel to The Lonely Tree.

Nicholas is a patron for the children's charity 'Jigsaw4U' and works closely with other charities including 'Child Bereavement UK' where The Lonely Tree is used extensively.

See more of his work at www.hallidaybooks.com.

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Utterly completely and splendidly charming. Originally illustrated and delightfully told. -Stephen Fry

Compelling! This book has something very special about it. -The Observer

Enchanting! The trees are the heroes: the illustrations are full of secrets: the message is love. -Joanna Lumley
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Compelling! This book has something very special about it. --The Observer

Enchanting! The trees are the heroes: the illustrations are full of secrets: the message is love. --Joanna Lumley

Compelling! This book has something very special about it. --The Observer

Enchanting! The trees are the heroes: the illustrations are full of secrets: the message is love. --Joanna Lumley

Compelling! This book has something very special about it. --The Observer

Enchanting! The trees are the heroes: the illustrations are full of secrets: the message is love. --Joanna Lumley

About the Author

Nicholas Halliday was born in London and grew up in Surrey. He studied at Epsom School of Art and Design, Lancashire University and Kingston University. Following his graduation from Kingston with a BA in Graphic Design, he worked as a designer and illustrator. Since publishing his first books 'The Lonely Tree' and 'The Scummage', he has run the independent children's publisher HallidayBooks producing original children's titles. He has created several commissioned books and is currently working on the long awaited prequel to The Lonely Tree. Nicholas is a patron for the children's charity 'Jigsaw4U' and works closely with other charities including 'Child Bereavement UK' where The Lonely Tree is used extensively. See more of his work at www.hallidaybooks.com.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chipstick on 25 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a lovely and very unusual book, dealing with a wide range of serious issues, but aimed at younger children. The story follows the friendship which develops between an ancient oak tree and a young conifer which has grown in a deciduous woodland.

Nicholas Halliday is a well known illustrator, however this is the first book he has written and illustrated himself. The illustrations themselves are remarkable; being computer generated (using the same techonology to create them as films such as Toy Story), they are highly detailed with a real sense of texture. My children enjoyed the high detail (they also loved seaching for the animals and insects hidden in the illustrations), and found the story both touching and uplifting.

This book could inspire a whole range of PSHCE lessons in schools, covering as it does issues related to 'being different', of acceptance, loss and ultimately a sense of belonging and continuity. This is a sad, yet ultimately joyous book, reinforcing the concept of the circle and cycle of life and our responsibility to care for one-another, regardless of our differences.

Children from around 4 to 8 will probably love this book, and, as said previously, this would also be a wonderful book to use in connection with a range of school topics, including ecology, in foundation or key stage 1. It would also make a gift to be treasured and enjoyed by any child.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Evie on 24 Jan 2010
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I have 4 nephews and am an infant school teacher. My father has Mesothelioma and is likely to pass away within the next month.
I wanted a book that would provide a basis for bereavement counselling and, although this is one of several different ideas, it is nice in that the old tree passes away in his sleep - just does not wake up. I am sure that this is how we all would wish to go, rather than there be a long drawn out process, often painful for the person and for the relatives.
I found it profoundly sad, but then I would.....
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Free Spirit VINE VOICE on 15 Jan 2010
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My 8 year old son is autistic and struggles with emotions, how to deal with them etc. He is always saying how lonely he is and I thought that this book would be an ideal way of getting him to understand the meaning of lonliness. Based on the other reviews, I knew that this would also be a good way of dealing with loss. His dwarf hamster is getting on in years and I anticipate a death soon....

When the book arrived, I wasn't sure if he would like it. I always have difficulties in choosing books for him so have to make very careful choices.

However, I need not have worried. He found the pictures quite funny and the thing I liked about it was, you could play games spotting different things within the picture.

Not only did the book teach about loss, friendship etc, it explained the changing in the seasons as well.

I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susie U on 5 Mar 2010
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In the sad period after my Dad died, despite the funeral service and the Church memorial, I was not confident how much my son had taken in. He was particularly close to his Grandpa, and had lost several near and dear people in the last few years. He is differently-abled and signs to communicate. This book deals with loss in a secular way that all can use a basis for discussion. The wonderful and innovative illustrations, each with animals to find, are as pared back as the text so as to suit all ages and abilities. I have since bought this book for two different children going through loss. It is excellent just a a story book after the sad events, and will be kept and re-read for the clear text and atmospheric pictures. All school libraries should stock this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Charlotte J. S. Hughes on 31 May 2007
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My mother recently bought my sister and myself copies of this book as presents (she is 25 and I am 18), as she loved the illustrations so much that she simply had to buy them for us! (She is a Primary School librarian, the author made a visit to the school to read the story to the children). I thoroughly enjoyed the sentiment behind the story, even though it is in fact quite sad.

Definitely one that I'll be keeping to read to my own children in future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SallyBerry13 on 5 Oct 2011
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What a lovely book! It is very touching and beautiful story, perfect for helping children understand the situation of loosing loved ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mickeyroo on 7 Dec 2012
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I read this with my grandson. He really loved the story and enjoyed the beautiful pictures and touching story. It is currently his favorite and mine too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 17 Feb 2011
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Wonderful book.Amazing story and pictures and talking in the 'real'world...which can be hard for some to do.Excellent 'tool' for working with bereaved children.
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