A Tree Is Nice
"Trees are very nice," says Janice May Udry in her first book for children. She goes on to explain that even one tree is nice, if it is the only one you happen to have.
Some of the reasons why trees are so good to have around are funny. Some are indisputable facts. But in all of them there is a sense of poetic simplicity and beauty which will be sure to entrance any young c...more
Half of the pages in this book are illustrated in color and the others are done in black and white. The painted pictures are simple and follow t ...more
A Tree is Nice is a wonderful picture book that deals with trees and nature. Although many people don’t realize the importance of trees, the story describes several ways trees can be used. For example to hang your swing set on. If you’re into the great outdoors you will like the illustrations in the book because they set you in the perfect natural environment. As you glance at each page you eventually realize that a tree can serve ...more
In simple prose, Udry gives funny, odd and true reasons why trees are nice. It has a child-based logic that works well.
The illustrations alternate btween color, and black and white. The paintings have a simple child-like quality that is quite appealling. I particularly enjoy the first one before the title page, the two of forests, and the Autum ...more
Anyway. This is cute. Check it out.
Janice May Udry's picture book won the Caldecott Medal in 1957 for the illustrations by Marc Simont. That is a good thing because otherwise I might never have read it. Her title fairly well sums up the truth about trees.
After providing dozens of reasons why a tree is nice, the book ends with how to plant ...more
I think I'll write a book too. I've finally decided. It's going to be about poop. Yes, that's right. Poop. How poop is stinky, how it's made, how it's delivered, the different colors of poop, the non-glory of all things poopy, all those not ...more
"This ode to trees is simply written and beautifully illustrated, half in color and half in black and white. The language is, at first glance, deceptively simple, but it is exactly the spare nature of the language that makes the book and the art so eloquent, with phrases such as 'Trees are beautiful. They fill up the sky' and 'A tree is good to have around. A tree is nice," (Davis, 2013).
Genre: General Nonfiction/Realistic Fiction (Contemporary Stories) (Tompkins, 2014).
The stor ...more
The pages alternate color and black/white drawings, and are nice. The sentence structure is extremely bland, reading like an easy reader for a young child. The shape of the book is interesting being tall and narrow like a tree, which we can point out to the children and talk about that as ...more