Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

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Pink flowers appear and fall, apples grow and are harvested by knocking on the trunk, and clapping brings snow, which melts as spring arrives by waiting: “Close your eyes and count to ten.” It’s a good on-the-way-to-bed activity—calming, but still requiring a modicum of concentration and action.
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Every book needs you to turn the pages. But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss. Innovative and timeless, Tap the Magic Tree asks you to help one lonely tree change with the seasons. Now that’s interactive—and magical!

It begins with a bare brown tree. But tap that tree, turn the page, and one bright green leaf has sprouted! Tap again—one, two, three, four—and four more leaves have grown on the next page. Pat, clap, wiggle, jiggle, and see blossoms bloom, apples grow, and the leaves swirl away with the autumn breeze. The collage-and-watercolor art evokes the bright simplicity of Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle and the interactive concept will delight fans of Pat the Bunny. Combining a playful spirit and a sense of wonder about nature, Christie Matheson has created a new modern classic that is a winner in every season—and every story time!

 

About Christie Matheson

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Christie Matheson is an editor for the StrollerTraffic website, and has written about lifestyle, design, and green living for many websites and publications, including the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart's Whole Living, and Daily Candy. This is her first picture book. She lives with her husband and two small children in San Francisco, California.
 
Published August 27, 2013 by Greenwillow Books. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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Kirkus

Good
on May 29 2013

A universal theme, developed in an unusually clean, simple presentation…and, at least, with no need for batteries.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jul 01 2013

Pink flowers appear and fall, apples grow and are harvested by knocking on the trunk, and clapping brings snow, which melts as spring arrives by waiting: “Close your eyes and count to ten.” It’s a good on-the-way-to-bed activity—calming, but still requiring a modicum of concentration and action.

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Malinda Charter 22 Jul 2014

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