The Oak Tree

Publisher: Alison Green Books

A thousand years ago an acorn began to grow…. This is the story of an oak tree, which lives through many changes. The land around it is taken over by Normans and Tudors, then Victorians and finally, in modern times it’s toppled by a gale. Over the years, it’s sheltered and fed woodpeckers, wasps, squirrels, birds of many varieties and even a king! It’s grown tall, dropped leaves and acorns, turned hollow, and been a place for children and animals to play. Even lying at rest, it welcomes ants and spiders.

Told in Julia Donaldson’s trademark rich rhyme, this story is engaging and informative. There are facts about oak trees at the end, too. But it’s the rhyming text that pulls you through the life of the tree, which is always shown with children playing around it. The details of both history and tree are pitched perfectly for pre-schoolers, and there are lots of areas for discussion. The illustrations are warm and beautiful and reflect the diversity of human and animal life in and around the tree. A delight.

More books like this

It Starts with a Seed

Author: Laura Knowles Illustrator: Jennie Webber

A seed becomes a sapling, then a young tree, until, after many years, it grows into a large tree with roots and branches filling the page.

Read more about It Starts with a Seed

A Little Dose of Nature

Author: Dr. Alison Greenwood

This book is both calming and fun, suggesting over 25 activities to do while enjoying being outside. Brilliant for young children and families. 

Read more about A Little Dose of Nature

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...