Beatrice Was a Tree

by Joyce Hesselberth

On Sale: 05/11/2021

Beatrice Was a Tree

by Joyce Hesselberth

illustrated by Joyce Hesselberth

On Sale: 05/11/2021


About the Book

Beatrice dreams of becoming a tree. She grows roots and leaves, and she stretches her branches toward the sky.

From Joyce Hesselberth, the award-winning creator of Mapping Sam and Pitter Pattern, Beatrice Was a Tree introduces young readers to everything there is to know about trees. This beautifully illustrated informational picture book is an exceptional choice for home as well as classroom sharing. Includes backmatter about the science of trees.

When it’s time to go to bed, Beatrice imagines how much fun it would be to stay outside with the trees all night long. If she were a tree, she would have a trunk and branches and lots of leaves. Her roots would reach deep. She would catch the morning sun with her limbs and cradle a bird’s nest in her branches. And when the air turned crisp, Beatrice would wait patiently for spring.

Beatrice Was a Tree is a great read-aloud that illuminates the importance of trees to our planet. This picture book includes information about tree anatomy, shows how trees change with each season, gives a simple explanation of photosynthesis, and includes a checklist of animals that appear throughout the story. A perfect pick for language arts and science classrooms, as well as story time.

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Critical Praise

“Wanting to stay out all night, Beatrice wishes she were a tree . . . As the Beatrice tree changes through the seasons, the illustrations, done in watercolor, acrylic paint, gouache, and digital collage, use simple shapes and flickering colors to produce a dreamlike feel. . . . A lovely metamorphosis story.” - Booklist


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062741264
  • ISBN 10: 0062741268
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • On Sale: 05/11/2021
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Bedtime & Dreams
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / General (see also headings under Animals or Technology)
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Flowers & Plants

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