One of the many books my son and I enjoyed during his Kindergarten year included A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry. It was included in his Kindergarten curriculum last year, and we have read it many times since!
I find the simplicity of this book to be its most charming feature. But do not misconstrue simplicity for boring because it is certainly not that!
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A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
Book: A Tree is Nice
Author: Janice May Udry
Illustrator: Marc Simont
A Tree is Nice describes the many reasons that trees add beauty and loveliness to our daily lives.
As the book details, trees are nice because they provide shade, you can hang a swing in them, and you can even lean your hoe against them while you rest!
Each page – whether in black and white or color – features various tree settings. The above picture is the favorite of my son. Since he is an avid tree climber, he enjoys analyzing the boys picking apples in this tree!
Learning Ideas and Activities for A Tree is Nice
Choose from a few of these learning ideas and activities for A Tree is Nice to enjoy this lovely book even more! The activities are often what makes the book most memorable.
— Each page has several hidden gems to discover if you look closely. Analyze each page with your child and ponder what the children are doing in each scene. What is the boy thinking about as he gazes up at the trees? Why is the girl back turned to the other in the scene with the apple tree? What has the boy been doing with the hoe that he needs to rest? How did the boy fall asleep in the tree? Isn’t he going to fall out?!
— Go outside and count the trees in your yard. If you have a large yard, count how many different varieties of trees you can see. If your kiddos are old enough, take along a tree guide and see if you can identify a few of them.
🌳 We have Peterson First Guide to Trees and it is just right! This is a useful reference book to add to your home library.
— Make a list of all of the parts of a tree – trunk, leaves, branches, fruit, and so on. Have your child name their favorite part of the tree and why.
For example, my boy would probably say sticks that fall out of trees are his favorite. He is always on the hunt for a good stick!
— Gather some leaves from outside and do crayon rubbings. Try to gather a variety of leaves and then analyze how the rubbings are alike and how they are different. Identify each of the leaf parts – midrib, veins, pentiole, etc.
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