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A Year Around the Great Oak Hardcover – 10 Jan 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086315946X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863159466
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Realistic, delicate paintings use pattern, light and soft colors to track nature's transformation of the old oak tree during a single year in an innocent style reminiscent of Barbara Cooney. Simplified natural details of individual plants, birds and animals invite close inspection, while holistic scenes of the oak evoke an idyllic seasonal atmosphere. A charming celebration of the changing seasons.' -- Kirkus Review 'By the creator of Where Do They Go When It Rains, this is an exquisite work of art with a timeless quality ... This is a must for all libraries and schools.' -- Carousel 'Unpredictable, stimulating and ultimately confidence-inducing ... Gerda Muller, whose work may be familiar from her other nature-imbued children's books ('Goldilocks and the Three Bears', 'Where Do They Go When It Rains?'), draws each activity and animal with great detail and attention. Leaf shapes are accurate, and the picture of the children making their hideout from sticks and leaves is as good as a scouting manual; for readers with access to woods this could prove to be a useful as well as a handsome book.' -- The New York Times.com

About the Author

Gerda Muller was born in 1926 in Naarden, Holland. She attended the Fine Arts School of Amsterdam and Ecole Estienne of Paris. She has illustrated over 120 books for children and her books have been translated into many languages. She is the illustrator of the Seasons board books, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Where Do They Go When It Rains? (all Floris Books).


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Really lovely story, a complete journey throughout the Season's, all centred around a magnificent Oak Tree, and the story of the children who's lives evolve around it.

Lovely aspects to consider and great for having discussions about the Season's and time, in a tangible way that young children can understand. Just the right length for younger folk and engaging illustrations to admire as you peruse each page. Highly recommended.
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Beautifully illustrated book bought for children living in central London. Ideal for a 3-4 year old but our 2 year old also enjoys the pictures. A refreshing change from all the lurid technicolour kids books available.
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I love it and so do my kids, what a wonderful book especially when trying to escape the mainstream media hyped kids characters. This teaches, inspires and brings a sense of awe to little minds. The pictures are stunning.
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Beautiful illustrations
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HASH(0x9183f4ec) out of 5 stars Beautiful book for kids 27 Dec. 2013
By P. M. Porrino - Published on Amazon.com
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I love all of Gerda's books- they invoke creativity and imagination. They are very Earth centered and teach about the outdoors and a simpler, more connected way of life.
A must get for your children and always a well received gift for others.
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HASH(0x918d40f0) out of 5 stars Beautiful Illustrations 28 May 2014
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Gerta Uller's illustrations invoke the feeling that you want to be in the picture. Calm, serene, beautiful settings give such pleasure to a child. What could be more inviting than to be out in the forest climbing this magnificent tree.
HASH(0x918a71d4) out of 5 stars It is a great book, telling the story of seasons very well ... 2 Jan. 2015
By Brise - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a great book, telling the story of seasons very well in words and in very realistic and very nice pictures! The OLD OAKTREE, worth to have a wonderful feast at the end of the story. Beloved by my little grandson who admires trees !
HASH(0x91a50a74) out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations! There are so many things to talk ... 16 Mar. 2015
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Beautiful illustrations! There are so many things to talk about while reading this book. Nature, animals, children and of course the oak during different seasons.
HASH(0x9196a5dc) out of 5 stars Wonderful book! 9 Feb. 2016
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Such a lovely book! I can highly recommend this book to everybody that appreciates beautiful pictures and a sweet story.
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