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Book: The Tree That Bear Climbed
Author: Marianne Berkes
Illustrator: Kathleen Rietz
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-528-4 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60714-537-6 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-546-9 (eBook)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Berkes, Marianne. The Tree That Bear Climbed (published in 2012 by Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). What do you think would be the reason why a bear might want to climb a tree? In this rhythmic, repetitive text, reminiscent of “The House That Jack Built” and beautifully illustrated by Kathleen Rietz, author Marianne Berkes tells about all the different things that relate to the tree—its roots, the soil, the rain, its trunk, its branches, its leaves, the sun, its blossoms, its pollen, the bees, the hives, the honey, and, of course, the bear. Ah! Now you know why the bear climbed the tree. But what will the bees do? And how will the bear react?
In addition to the fun, cumulative story that children will enjoy reading for themselves or hearing read aloud, the four pages of “For Creative Minds” learning activities include additional information on the basic needs of plants, plant body parts, and how plants interact with animals, along with some hands-on plant experiments. There are also some forty to seventy pages of free additional teaching activities available at the publisher’s website. Trees are a very important aspect of our ecology. The Tree that Bear Climbed will introduce young readers to what makes up a tree and some of the ways that we can benefit from trees.