This Is the Tree We Planted

Illustrated by Alison Friend
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Learn about all of the animals that coexist in just one tree that a classroom planted in this fun, informative, cumulative picture book in the tradition of This is the House That Jack Built.

A class plants a tree in the playground, and together, they watch it grow. There is no shortage of action to observe in its branches: a robin protecting her eggs from a squirrel and her kits, a lizard stalking a spider, and a hawk swirling around overhead. Within this tree is an entire ecosystem, all created by the class who planted it. Beloved children's book creator Kate McMullan has crafted a story that will encourage kids to cultivate a love of nature as they observe the world living inside their backyards.
  • SHORTLIST | 2023
    Green Earth Book Award
© Kate McMullan
Kate McMullan taught elementary school in inner-city Los Angeles and on an American Air Force base in Germany. After earning a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, she decided to try her hand at writing, and settled in New York City. She also writes under the names K.H. McMullan and Katy Hall and has more than 50 children's books to her credit, including her bestselling picture book collaborations with her husband Jim. View titles by Kate McMullan

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Learn about all of the animals that coexist in just one tree that a classroom planted in this fun, informative, cumulative picture book in the tradition of This is the House That Jack Built.

A class plants a tree in the playground, and together, they watch it grow. There is no shortage of action to observe in its branches: a robin protecting her eggs from a squirrel and her kits, a lizard stalking a spider, and a hawk swirling around overhead. Within this tree is an entire ecosystem, all created by the class who planted it. Beloved children's book creator Kate McMullan has crafted a story that will encourage kids to cultivate a love of nature as they observe the world living inside their backyards.

Awards

  • SHORTLIST | 2023
    Green Earth Book Award

Author

© Kate McMullan
Kate McMullan taught elementary school in inner-city Los Angeles and on an American Air Force base in Germany. After earning a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, she decided to try her hand at writing, and settled in New York City. She also writes under the names K.H. McMullan and Katy Hall and has more than 50 children's books to her credit, including her bestselling picture book collaborations with her husband Jim. View titles by Kate McMullan

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