This is the Tree We Planted

Written by Kate McMullan, Illustrated by Alison Friend

A classroom plants a tree and watches all the wildlife that lives in the tree together. There is a robin with eggs in a nest; a squirrel with her kits; a hawk circling overhead; the blue jays scaring the hawk; a lizard, a spider, a walking stick, and a snail. There is a whole ecosystem alive in this tree for the children to watch and observe. (Not sure how they went from planting a small tree to observing a large, mature tree, but it doesn’t distract too much from the story.) In the tradition of “This is the House That Jack Built,” the story adds and repeats as animals join the tree. This would be a great read aloud for Earth Day, spring, or units on ecology.

Reviewed by Andrea LeBaron, Media Clerk, Upland Terrace Elementary School Library
Review shared in April 2022
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Kindergarten – 5th Grade

This is the Tree We Planted
Written by Kate McMullan, Illustrated by Alison Friend
Alfred A. Knopf
32 pages
Release Date: February 1, 2022
ISBN: 9780525579472
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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