There Was A Tree

There Was A Tree

RR 3yr old selection 2014/2015. A favorite children's song also known as "The Green Grass Grew All Around" is presented in a tribute to African wildlife and culture. "The prettiest tree that you ever did see" is depicted a bountiful acacia tree that houses a starling egg about to hatch. Look for the rebus icons for repeated words! "A read-aloud, sing-along delight." -Kirkus Review

ISBN: 9780399257414
Author: Rachel Isadora
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Binding: Hardcover
Age Group: 3 years

Both the bold, bright illustrations and the setting of this traditional American song in Africa drew us to this book. The best thing about this book is the picture cues in the text. This is called a rebus and it invites your child to read along with you by looking at the picture and saying the word. This is an early form of reading and is great practice for children starting to understand that text stands for the words we say. In this case, the picture stands for the word we say. This understanding of representation is a critical phase in literacy development that you can support just by having fun together!

As with any picture book that is based on a song, consider listening to the song online to learn how to sing it or even how to have the rhythm of the song effect how you read the book aloud. This book has a highly repetitive text. Don't let the repeated phrases frustrate you. The repeated lines and the rebus (pictures that stand in for words) are there so your child can become part of the reading. Tell your child you are going to read this book together. Let him guess the rebus and congratulate him when he gets it right. Knowing what happens next or knowing a word, builds your child's confidence. When confidence is linked to books in his mind, he will become a stronger learner. Look for the "Beyond Reading Aloud" section in a Raising Readers edition of this book for other read aloud ideas.

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