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
So when I saw 'A Tree Is Nice' I just had to own it! The illustrations by Marc Simont are particularly fetching and the story, while simplicity itself, gives a great understand ...more
"I'm not sure a child would pick it up herself... I recall this being on a shelf somewhere when I was a child, but I don't recall reading it.
But if a parent or teacher shares the book with a child, I think it'd still be very relevant. The kids, their homes, even their activities don't seem dated to me. There's even a true tomboy, a girl dressed up like a pirate, in one tree.
I think it'd be great to have kids do a writing exercise inspired by this. A rive ...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
-This is a fun story that explains the purpose and usefulness of trees. Trees are fun and useful for everyone including animals. Trees can be used during any season, and are important to have around. Teaches children to love trees and cherish them.
*Grade level, interest level, Lexile
*Appropriate classroom use (subject area)
-Teaching about recycling or the environment.
*Individual students who might benefit from reading
-Students that are interested in the outdo ...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
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
Anyway. This is cute. Check it out.
Personal Response: I think this book is a fine. It was a “nice” book. There was nothing that stood out to me about this book. It did not make me think, it was just c ...more
Marc Simont illustr ...more
Udry tells children all the ways that a tree is nice. It provides shade, for both cows and people. You can climb in it, or hang a swing on a strong limb. You can pick apples if it’s an apple tree. It protects your house from wind. And gives cats a place to hide from dogs. Trees are by rivers, on mountains, in yards. Sometimes a tree is all by itself, and other times many trees together form a forest. Yes, a tree is nice.
Marc Simont’s beautiful illustrations serve the s ...more
The visuals in A Tree is Nice was quite a shock to me. Every other page, there was color, while the other pages was black and white. This book is an example of parallel storytelling of major textual information. There wasn't necessarily a person as a character, but the tree was the main character. One of the many books, where the wor ...more
It's written in simple sentences so the early reader could learn to read with help. This book helps teach little guys the importance of trees in our lives. How many various jobs trees have for our and our animals lives...