Illustration by Britta Teckentrup
Words by Patricia Hegarty
Pubilshed by Little Tiger Kids
A simple peek-through picture book using rhyming couplets to describe the changing of the seasons. The same tree is depicted in the same location on every page. With every turn of the page, the seasons change and the tree comes to life with new cutouts revealing different animals, birds, insects, fruit and colours.
Central to the tree is an owl that is the central figure of the story as he experiences all seasons. "Owl sits watching in his tree... No one see as much as he." Each page is filled with colourful details and has something new for children to discover such as a spiders web, birds nest, animals hiding, new plant growth, fruit falling. The clothbound cover is solid and high quality, pages are thick and this book will survive the poke of many little fingers as they reach out to touch the numerous cutouts and revealed animals.
Britta Teckentrup's illustrations are bold, colourful and have been created with a wood block print style, though most likely digitally created. In my opinion this book is created for a younger audience than some of her other books and the illustrations are not as detailed as her spotting books.
I am a big fan of Britta Teckentrup's work and I have previously reviewed The Odd One Out: A Spotting Book. Be sure to check it out if you are new to her work.
Seasons books are fairly common but very few are worthy of a special mention. Another favourite of mine is Jenny Bower's book Little Tree which I have reviewed previously. Similar in concept, the little tree is shown in the same location on every page of the book, however it starts as a seed and grows and changes with each new season. Flaps are incorporated in to the illustration on each page to reveal hidden details within the tree such as insects, rain, nest, seeds.