CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 10 . . . . November 4, 2011
"There is more than one way to picture a tree" is the opening sentence of Barbara Reid's newest release, Picture a Tree. The line promises an adventure and definitely does not disappoint. Between the pages of this picture book, readers are given the opportunity to explore their world in a whole new way.
Reid's signature Plasticine style brings each line of text to life. The three dimensional nature of her artwork, coupled with vibrant colours, allows each illustration to burst off the page. Furthermore, Reid's artistic expertise is evident in her beautifully subtle depictions which are interspersed throughout.
Picture a Tree masterfully couples the life cycle of a tree with that of people young and old. Reid's poignant text echoes images we often fail to register though we "see" them everyday. A tree is no longer simply a tree but "[a] pirate ship, a bear cave, a clubhouse, a friend." Reid invites her young readers to see the true majesty of nature's bounty. The greatest achievement of Picture a Tree is that it urges young readers to experience the outdoors and see for themselves the many wonders it beholds.
Toronto, ON's Inderjit Deogun is currently pursuing a career in publishing with a particular interest in children's literature.
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