Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson (2013)
Picture Book, Ages 3-6
Genre: Trees, interactive books
Fans of Herve Tullet’s Press Here will really appreciate this book by Christie Matheson. It works much in the same way, in which children tap, blow or move the book to see a change of the image on the next page. The book features an apple tree transforming through all four seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter, and back to spring again.) Kids are encouraged to interact with the book, tapping the tree branches to produce leaves, blowing on the page to see the leaves falling off the tree, etc.
There’s magic in this bare brown tree.
Tap it once..
Turn the page to see.
This is a really great changing-of-the-seasons book on top of being a fun read. The rhyme is wonderfully soothing. This is a great book to read one-on-one or to a larger storytime crowd. The illustrations are beautifully done in soothing tones of browns, greens and pinks. The only image is of a single tree going through numerous transfrmations
Brush away the petals (swish!)
and blow the tree a tiny kiss.
Primary Reading Skills
Love Books (Print Motivation): This is a great book for promoting print motivation. Children will love having a handheld book that they can interact with and have some control over what happens next.
Tell a Story (Narrative Skills) Use the rhyme scheme in the book as inspiration to create your own rhymes and poems.
How to use this book
For the parents
Read this as a bedtime book, talk about the changing of the seasons, let your child interact with the book in anyway they please. Create your own narrative about the tree. Walk around the neighborhood and spot trees going through the season-transformations. Which are blooming, which leaves are falling, which have changed color and which stay the same all year long. This is a great way to build vocabulary and provide background context for the book in hand.
For the librarians
This is an excellent toddler/preschool storytime book. Match with Press Here for a really interactive day. Or match it with A Leaf Can Be for a tree theme, change of seasons theme.
- Press Here by Herve Tullet
- A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas
- The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
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