A Tree Is Nice

A Tree Is Nice

Picture Book - 1956
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Winner of the Caldecott Medal

"A radiant and buoyant picture book." --The Horn Book

A Tree Is Nice is a classic tale about the beauty of the everyday world. "Simont's watercolors perfectly complement the poetic simplicity of the text, allowing the reader room to engage in his or her own imaginative embroiderings about trees" (Children's Books and Their Creators).

Trees are beautiful. They fill up the sky. If you have a tree, you can climb up its trunk, roll in its leaves, or hang a swing from one of its limbs. Cows and babies can nap in the shade of a tree. Birds can make nests in the branches. A tree is good to have around. A tree is nice.

Publisher: [New York] Harper, c1956
ISBN: 9780060261559
Branch Call Number: E UDRY, J
Characteristics: [30] p. illus. 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Simont, Marc


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May 16, 2019


May 09, 2019

I believe it's hard to evaluate this book having grown up with all the books it influenced. It's illustrations and text are nice, but do not seem particularly award worthy in our current era. That said it must have been revolutionary for 1956 and so should still be read and valued.

KRockstar10 Feb 06, 2014

This book is essentially a list of reasons that trees are nice. That doesn't sound very effective, but I thought the book was wonderful! The illustrations are so cute and the reasons that a tree is nice actually sound like reasons a kid would come up with. I finished the book and thought, "You know what? A tree IS nice!" and then I missed summer even more than I already do. Sigh.

Anyway. This is cute. Check it out.


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