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A Year Around the Great Oak Hardcover – 10 Jan 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Publisher: Floris Books (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086315946X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863159466
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,253 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 Reviews

"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

"With gorgeous illustrations and an engaging story, Gerda Muller takes us into a forest where we get to be a part of Great Oak's magical world for a little while. Young readers will appreciate the simple adventures that the children have in autumn, winter, spring and summer when they visit the tree." - Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

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Benjamin and Anna love staying with their cousin Robin in his house near the forest. In the autumn, Robin takes them to see his favourite tree - a giant oak which is 300-years-old. The children build a den under the oak tree's giant branches and watch the squirrels hide acorns in its wide trunk.

In the spring the children go searching for the animals that live in the forest - snuffling badgers, gentle deer and shy rabbits. One night, the tree helps Benjamin when he discovers a creature he didn't expect. How can the children say thank you?

A beautifully detailed, seasonal story from Gerda Muller, illustrator of the beloved Seasons board books. Children will love to spot the realistic animals and birds that live in the great oak's forest.

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