There was a Tree, by Rachel Isadora

Published May 17, 2014 by Dagmar

there was a treeI love to sing with my students.  We have a whole list of favorite “song books”.  This is a new one that we’ve added to our list.  I tried it with my transitional kindergarten to first grade classes.  They all loved it.

This book takes you through the song, “There was a Tree” with really great illustrations with an African theme.  The colors are vibrant and the art is reminiscent of Eric Carle, a combination of painted brush strokes and collage.

The song goes, “There was a tree, the prettiest tree that you ever did see…Oh the tree in the hole and the hole in the ground. And the green grass grew all around, all around, the green grass grew all around.”  The list of things grows and grows from the tree, to its branch, to a nest, and on and on.  It’s fun watching the kids try to remember the whole list!

This book worked particularly well as an end of year book when students are getting tired of school and ready for summer.  Have fun with it!


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