There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora

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A favorite children's song becomes a colorful book filled with African wildlife

Also known as "The Green Grass Grew All Around," this popular song has been recorded by artists from Barney to Captain Kangaroo. Now "the prettiest tree that you ever did see" is a lovely acacia tree, where a baby starling is just about to hatch. Rachel Isadora gives children a fun, easy way to follow along with the cumulative lyrics by using rebus icons for the repeated words, as she did with 12 Days of Christmas. Sheet music is also included, making this irresistible fun!

About Rachel Isadora

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Rachel Isadora, a former dancer, received a Caldecott Honor for Ben's Trumpet, and has written and illustrated numerous other books for children, including Say Hello!, Peekaboo Bedtime, the Lili at Ballet series and several classic tales set in Africa (including The Ugly Duckling, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and The Princess and the Pea). She lives in New York City.
Published October 11, 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books.

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(Credit to the 1912 songwriters and identification of the animals shown appear on the back jacket flap but not in the text.) The superb starling makes a splendid choice for the bird in the nest on the branch on the tree where the green grass grew all around, all around.

Aug 22 2012 | Read Full Review of There Was a Tree

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African textile motifs border the pages, and thumbnail images substitute for key words as the verses build up (“Oh, the chick in the egg, and the [picture of a bird] on the egg, and the [picture of an egg] in the nest”), turning the song into an absorbing rebus puzzle.

Oct 01 2012 | Read Full Review of There Was a Tree

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