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|Author: Joseph Anthony
Illustrator: Cris Arbo
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95
Here, in luminous illustrations, is the life cycle of an oak—and how it supports life even after it is gone. An acorn drops from a great oak and grows. Animals nibble at it, a fire threatens it, but overcoming many challenges it eventually towers high in the forest, observing the changing human scene below. Eventually its energy passes into many other life forms–even the cherry pie enjoyed by the boy in the house below.
For a fascinating look at Cris Arbo’s way of illustrating, see her commentary at Behind the Scenes with Cris Arbo.
- Parent Council Ltd. Outstanding Selection
- Virginia State Reading Association Children’s Choice Selection
Over the years the sapling had to contend with many creatures and plants wanting to eat it and compete with it. There were bitter winter storms, terrible forest fires, and men with axes, and yet the oak sapling still managed to grow into a fine big tree. Its leaves branches, and acorns gave shelter and nourishment to countless creatures and then, at last there came a time when the tree grew old and its time for life was over. It’s time for giving life to others was, as yet over, however.
This beautifully illustrated picture book with its simple expressive text tells the story of an oak tree with an obvious appreciation for the cycle of life and the beauty of nature. Children will come to appreciate the though the oak tree has gone, its life force lives on in the living things that have taken its place. Truly the cycle of life in nature is a wondrous thing.
— Through The Looking Glass Children’s Book Review (March 2007)
“Dawn finds the most eloquent writers, the best storytellers, the finest illustrators. Books such as In a Nutshell and The Dandelion Seed, by Joseph Anthony and Cris Arbo, mesmerize children with their thrilling account from nature, and their breathtaking illustrations. These books are not sugar-coated. You may find yourself surprised, and impressed, by the discussions that follow reading them with your children.”
— Morissa Lou Williams
Hearthside Books (www.hearthsidebooks.com)