Through a hole in the book's cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. Read more...
Through a hole in the book's cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the tree--baby bears frolicking in the spring, bees buzzing around apples in the summer, squirrels storing nuts in the fall, and finally the lone owl keeping warm during the winter chill--until another year begins. . . . Children will love seeing a new set of animals appear and then disappear as each page is turned, and along the way they'll learn about the seasons and how a forest and its inhabitants change throughout the year. And look for its companion books, Bee and The Twelve Days of Christmas, in the same Peek-Through Picture Book series "Ideal for sharing up close, where little ones can get a good look at the pictures, this gentle, easy-to-memorize story of the seasons is a great fit for bedtime."--Booklist "Adult readers will relish guiding their little ones into lessons about the seasons, colors, wildlife, and more. This unassuming story is an intergenerational delight."─Kirkus Reviews "A playful yet focused look at constancy and change within a specific natural setting."--Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-02
- Reviewer: Staff
A apple tree stands bare in the still of winter, its solitary occupantan owlpeering out from a die-cut hole in the center of its trunk: Owl sits watching in his tree.../ No one sees as much as he. As the pages turn and the seasons change, the owl stays put, but other animals appear in additional die-cuts, creating the sense of nature reawakening in full force. In straightforward couplets, Teckentrup (Get Out of My Bath!) describes how the tree and its environment transform: Blossom falls and leaves are growing,/ A gentle springtime breeze is blowing./ Squirrels scamper here and there,/ Playful fox cubs sniff the air. Crisp illustrations with grainy screenprintlike textures shift between bright blues, reds, yellow, and greens as day turns to night, leaves fill the tree, and apples appear in its branches; the surrounding woodland bustles with bees, butterflies, and perky daisies. Teckentrup brings the story full circle, seasonally speaking, and then some, ending with the promise of another spring instead of a cold, quiet winter. A playful yet focused look at constancy and change within a specific natural setting. Ages 37. (Feb.)