Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A seasonal story as seen by the wise old owl.
This might be the third seasonal story I have read in a row, but Tree is absolutely the stand-out. The rhyming verse at the bottom of every page leads the reader through all the seasons, all the animals, all the sounds that leaves the reader with a calming feeling rather than any specific instance of brilliant narrative. Every spread is set up exactly the same, with the tree centered on the page, but it is the clever use of cut-outs that bring this picturebook to an original and well-crafted treat. The colors and transitions, with the constant of the owl unite this book around the necessary change of seasons, but remind the reader that this change is also a constant. Marvelous.
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