A Tree is a Home by Pamela Hickman, illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto

A Tree is a Home by Pamela Hickman, illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto. Kids Can Press, 2021. 9781525302367

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? What a fun and busy book! Through text and illustration the book tells the story of a tree as it passes through the year. We start in autumn, where the tree is described and shown with colorful leaves and acorns. We swiftly move to winter and bare branches and then on to leaves with spring and summer. What is happening with the tree is described and shown but also (!!) we get windows into what is happening inside and on the tree. A squirrel family finds a nest hole, bugs burrow and grow, birds fly in, nest and leave, and we even have an opossum hanging around. Science facts appear throughout with more at the end in the form of a glossary, life cycles of the tree and animals, and a list of what to read next.

Anything you didn’t like about it? It’s super busy but worth it!

To whom would you recommend this book?  Those who love A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer will enjoy this plus anyone who is intrigued by the life cycles of plants and animals. It could be a good research book for those writing about oak trees.

Who should buy this book? Pre-K and K-5 will appreciate this book.

Where would you shelve it ? In non-fiction: oak trees (582.16)

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA.

Date of review: October 1, 2021

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