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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids can talk and learn about the seasons and cycles as the apple tree at the center of this simple story transforms through spring to summer to fall to winter and back to spring again. The rhyming text may encourage kids to make up rhymes of their own.
Kids are encouraged to interact with Tap the Magic Tree, tapping branches, patting leaves, and clapping to bring on the next amazing change.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tap the Magic Tree is an engaging picture book that features an apple tree transforming through spring, summer, fall, winter, and back to spring again. Kids are encouraged to interact with the tree, tapping branches, patting leaves, and clapping to trigger the next amazing change. Parents can use this book to talk about the seasons. The rhyming text may encourage kids to make up rhymes of their own.
Is It Any Good?
TAP THE TREE is a great read-aloud book, as kids will enjoy interacting with the pages, from tapping the tree to knocking on the trunk. Author-illustrator Christie Matheson expertly builds the excitement to a peak when the apples fall ("Plop!, plop!, plop! plop! plop! plop! Kerplop!") then slows the book down again as summer ends and the fall and winter months begin.
Matheson uses both watercolor and collage to showcase her tree throughout the seasons, creating little pink blossoms, red apples, rich fall-colored leaves, and tiny blue birds. The tree's simplicity is well balanced with the spare text.
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