The Busy Tree
About the Book
Gentle rhyming couplets describe the different parts of an oak tree and the roles they play in feeding and sheltering the animals of the forest. From the roots and bark to the leaves and acorns, Ward pays tribute to each in simple-seeming phrases that sneakily introduce good vocabulary, such as boughs, hatchlings, scurry and prowl.
Reviews & Honors
Falkenstern’s oil paintings are a wonder. The animals are rendered with such realism and depth as to seem ready to come right off the pages. The broken eggshells give the impression of delicacy, while the dew on the leaves looks as if a touch will leave a finger wet. An amazing exploration of an oak-tree habitat for the youngest readers. - Kirkus Reviews
- Smithsonian Institute Close Reading Read-Aloud Lesson Plans for The Busy Tree
- Discussion Guide for The Busy Tree
- LEAF shape printables
- Writing - My Leaf Book, printable cover and pages STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math with The Busy Tree.
- Activities include exploring leaves and chlorophyll, floating and sinking, measuring and counting and many more.