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Tree Is a Home, A

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Sweet and informative book about changing seasons from the viewpoint of a tree and the creatures that call it home.  I expected more of a storybook so was a bit surprised by the nonfiction subject matter.  The life cycle of six different creatures is presented for each season in short snippets that can be read or not read depending on the interest and age of the target audience.  I can see myself exploring this book with my own children as part of a nature study or changing seasons unit.  
Thank you to NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the opportunity to review an Advanced Reader Copy of A Tree Is a Home by Pamela Hickman.

This book shows young readers how an oak tree can be a home for many different animals. Hickman's text and Yamamoto's illustrations follow the oak tree and its' inhabitants through the seasons and demonstrates the changes each organism goes through over time. The back of the book illustrates and describes the life cycle of the oak tree, raccoon, acorn weevil, opossum, gray squirrel, blue jay, and chipmunk. There is also a glossary to help young readers find the meaning of new vocabulary presented throughout the book.

This book would be a good addition to home, school, or classroom libraries because it covers several different topics including seasons, habitats, and life cycles. I would recommend this title for ages 5-8.

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An excellent reminder to our little ones that nature is home to many creatures and it's important to treat it with respect--we're sharing!
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Sometimes, a good picture book is just what you need to teach children something. In the case of A Tree is a Home, it is a great way to show seasons, life cycles, and the diversity in nature! The pictures are delightful. My little people enjoyed this book!
What does a tree look like throughout the year? This book takes a close look at what is happening to an old oak tree in the autumn, winter, spring, and summer. At the end, a two-page spread shows the details of the life cycle of an oak tree.
What animals live in a tree? Six different animals are described. These are a raccoon, an acorn weevil, an opposum, a gray squirrel, a blue jay, and a chipmunk. Each season, a picture shows what is happening with the animal during that season, and at the end of the book, the life cycle of each is described. I was surprised with one of the details of the weevil!
A Tree is a Home is the kind of book my very little children often like to study. The paintings are detailed, and there are lots of little pictures to pore over. 
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
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Instead of focusing on just one animal, this book explores seasonal cycles of various types of animals who live in and around the same tree.  It is not really a storybook, but it is not your usual "through the seasons" book.  The text is not in paragraph form which is good--there are snippets around each animal as they interact with the tree.  Children can pick and choose what to read on the page instead of being overwhelmed by a long paragraph.
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This book would be good for slightly older children to teach them about life cycles and seasons. It reads more like a non-fiction book than a story, with information on the lives of animals that live in the tree. I think this book would help to give children an appreciation of the importance of trees and the life it provides.
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A Tree is a Home is a beautifully told and illustrated picture book for older children. Written by Pamela Hickman and illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto, it tells the story of a year in the life of an oak tree and the animals that live in it.
It is written with a North American audience in mind, as the animals reflect what would be living in and around the tree there. However, that provides the opportunity for readers from other countries to have conversations about the different species we’d find and how their life cycles are the same or different. 
The book makes a point of showing how the creatures’ bodies respond to the changing seasons, preparing for and surviving the winter. 
I loved the illustrations and how they add more to the text, providing a background story. There is also a helpful glossary at the end, explaining nature words that some young readers may not know. 
While the book feels very much like a story, there is a section that is more ‘fact’ at the end. This easy-to-read section of the book explains the life cycles of the tree and the creatures that live in it. You can follow along from the birth of the new animals through to them growing up, in a very age appropriate way. The book touches on how many years an animal can expect to live for, but doesn’t explicitly mention dying. 
This is a good read for budding naturalists and children interested in the world around them. In a forest school setting, it would spark discussions about the seasons and what to look out for around a tree. I think it would make a great read sitting under an oak tree on a sunny day in autumn!
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I love books that have colour pencil/water colour paint illustrations. This book 'Tree is a home' shows how 
I appreciated the blurb where the author pointed out what kind of information the readers will encounter. As a reader, it was great to read about each of the seasons and the same animals and they go through each season. The information was detailed enough to engage elementary age readers and the illustrations were great for readers who may not yet have mastered the written language.
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A Tree is a Home, by Pamela Hickman and Zafouko Yamamoto, tells the story of a single oak tree, and six of its inhabitants-- a raccoon, an opossum, a gray squirrel, a chipmunk, a blue jay, and an acorn weevil-- over the course of one full year. It's a great, easy-to-read introduction to the seasons, common North American animals, and nature observation. I could totally see my kid deciding to observe the animals and cycles of the trees around our home after reading this book! I also love that, in addition to the narrative, the book features information about the life cycle of an oak tree, as well as life cycles for each of the featured animals. This book would make a great addition to classrooms from preschool to the early elementary years, and well as home (and homeschool) libraries. 

Zafouko Yamamoto's iillustrations, done with watercolor, gouache, colored pencils, and photoshop, are stellar, and add so much to the story. I found myself paging through this book several times after I'd read the text, just to look through the illustrations again. There are so many small details for children to notice on re-reads! 

This will be a welcome addition to our bookshelves once it's released in September.
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A very cute story of a one year cycle of an oak tree and a few animals that call it home. Information is presented nicely to kids.
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Through the seasons a tree changes how it functions and so do the animals that call it home. A sweet little informational book about the cycle of a tree and it's in inhabitants during the year.
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This book is both sweet and soulful, with  rhythmic text and beautiful accompanying artwork.  I appreciated the melodic nature of this book and the deep attention to detail.
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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. The story of how a tree is home throughout all four seasons for several animals. Delightful illustrations too.
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It's hard to overestimate the importance of trees. They are among the oldest organisms on the planet, they clean the air, they reduce noise pollution, they improve water quality, they provide us with food, shade, building materials. And they are beautiful. Besides all this, the trees do some amazing things, which, however, we do not see, because they happen underground.
Trees are much more than we can see at the first sight and among the things we can see, trees are the home of many animals. In this short and beautiful book, the authors invites young readers to follow what happens within a tree and with the animals that found a home there during the four seasons.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read and review. 

This is a beautifully illustrated book that follows the tree and some of it's local animals throughout the year. There is a great introduction to concepts of hibernation and seasonal changes. The vocabulary is simple, accurate, and well explained. A definite must for a classroom library!
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A Tree is a Home was a cute picture book depicting the life cycles of various small animals living within the same oak tree throughout the seasons of a year. A simple and straightforward book for young readers interested in nature or for homeschooling purposes to teach young ones about life cycles and seasons. The illustrations looked like they were done by a child which is indeed fitting for a children's book but I cannot say that I was a fan of the majority of the artwork within these pages.

I would recommend this book only if it was a topic a young reader was specifically interested in. Thank you to NetGalley for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The world around us is an interconnected one, whether we refer to humans or the other organisms we live among. A Tree is a Home, by Pamela Hickman, is a lovely book for preschoolers about some of the many organisms which depend on trees. Set in North America, we see five different animals which use the oak tree as a home, and learn about the growth cycle of each animal, along with the tree. The full color illustrations in this book have a lovely child-like quality to them and add to the text. This book is more non-fiction than story while utilizing the visuals as a wonderful to reinforce what we are reading about.
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A Tree is a Home was a beautiful book about all the things a tree provides in a year. The lifecycles of trees, insects and animals was a beautiful approach to this nonfiction book. I could see using this book as the base for a yearlong nature study.
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This picture book was cute and really interesting! It is about a tree and all the animals that live in and around it. I loved how it went into details, introduced characters that he reader follows through the seasons, and gave very specific information about all these animals. It really shows how many lives are impacted by what happens to one tree! I thought it was a nice book to teach kids about nature and what surrounds them, and why one tree matters.
Would definitely recommend! 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC!!
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This was quite possibly one of the cutest children's book I've read as an adult. 
I absolutely adored the art in it. I loved the concept of introducing the seasons through the life of an oak tree and its residents. 
This book managed to be both fun and educational, finding the right balance of both. I am very nitpicky but i honestly couldn't find a fault in this one. 
I have a 3,5 years old goddaughter and I would love to buy this book for her!
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