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As an Oak Tree Grows

Written & illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books
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This inventive picture book relays the events of two hundred years from the unique perspective of a magnificent oak tree, showing how much the world can transform from a single vantage point. From 1775 to the present day, this fascinating framing device lets readers watch as human and animal populations shift and the landscape transitions from country to city. Methods of transportation, communication and energy use progress rapidly while other things hardly seem to change at all.

This engaging, eye-opening window into history is perfect for budding historians and nature enthusiasts alike, and the time-lapse quality of the detail-packed illustrations will draw readers in as they pore over each spread to spot the changes that come with each new era. A fact-filled poster is included to add to the fun.

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Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
4.5 / 7.0

This story of an oak tree shows the changes through the trees life. I especially liked the timeline feature, showing the new year and what was happening on that page. The tree stands still and grows until the end of its life while the town is built and new innovations are made.

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Book Topics › history
Children's Books About History
Book Topics › the world
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Who Wrote As an Oak Tree Grows

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G. Brian Karas

G. Brian Karas has illustrated more than ninety children’s books, including two by Megan McDonald about Ant and Honey Bee; Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle; and Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. G. Brian Karas lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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Publication Date:
January 1, 2014
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