A Little Guide to Trees by Charlotte Voake
  

Synopsis

A Little Guide to Trees by Charlotte Voake

What sort of tree did Robin Hood's bow come from? What pine tree drops its needles in the winter and how did the monkey puzzle get its name? These are just some of the wonderful facts that you'll discover inside this book. Trees give us shade and the oxygen we breathe, like tall green giants that watch over us. And they are beautiful! Use the delicate illustrations and simple text to help your child identify the trees they see every day, whether they live in the country or the city. This book is a wonderful way of encouraging a child to interact with their environment, helping them to respect and protect the trees that surround them.

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Voake, whose charming drawings have a touch of Edward Ardizzone about them, has written a marvellous book about how to grow, measure and identify trees -- Kate Kellaway Observer The watercolour illustrations are mini works of art ... Pure delight, we loved it! Highly recommended! Hot Brands Cool Places It would make an excellent gift for a child (or an incompletely educated adult like me) and is a must-have resource for all environmentally aware schools School Librarian An attractively illustrated introduction to this subject, combining instructions and ideas for getting to know trees better, in which watercolour illustrations capture the form and beauty of each variety. The trees are well chosen - even the most urban of children won't have to look far to find a tree that they can look up at. Junior Education Plus

About the Author

Charlotte Voake

As a child

Born and raised in Wales, Charlotte says that book illustration is “the only thing I ever wanted to do” and she certainly has made a brilliant career of it. Skipping formal training in art, she studied art history at London University and worked at an art gallery before embarking on a freelance career in illustration.

As an adult

“I don’t know that I’m a funny person,” says author-illustrator Charlotte, “but it seems when I begin to draw that the characters change, and they take on this amusing and amused look.” Indeed, her illustrations are widely loved for this very quality of gentle wit, not to mention their quiet observation, airy exuberance and utter charm. Charlotte lives in Surrey, England, with her husband and two children.

As an artist

Among Charlotte's most acclaimed picture books are Ginger, and its prequel, Ginger Finds a Home, which shows how the loving ministrations of a little girl transformed the title character from stray to pampered pet. “We had a cat who lived at the bottom of our garden,” Charlotte says of her inspiration for this story. “It was a great moment when he decided to come and live with us.” Charlotte was personally selected by the nephew of the esteemed children’s book writer Eleanor Farjeon to illustrate the delightful classic, Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep. More recently, Charlotte has written and illustrated Tweedle Dee Dee; Hello Twins, winner of the British Book Design and Production Award; and Pizza Kittens, a dinnertime comedy of errors that she says stems from personal experience. “Good manners are not acquired overnight,” she sighs. “The secret is to keep trying!”

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
80 pages
Interest Age: From 5

Author

Charlotte Voake
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Publisher

Eden Project Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

5th May 2011

ISBN

9781903919828


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