Tap the Magic Tree
An innovative, refreshing debut picture book about the changing seasons and the magic—and true interactivity—of turning a page. For fans of Press Here and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
One brown tree stands lonely and bare. But when readers open this book, they bring magic with them. Tap the tree once, turn the page, and a bright green leaf has sprouted! Tap again—one, two, three, four—and four more leaves have grown on the next page. Pat, clap, wiggle, jiggle, and see blossoms bloom, apples grow, and the leaves swirl away with the autumn breeze. Christie Matheson’s debut picture book is about the magic of the changing seasons, and the magic of turning a page. A focus on nature and the seasons, striking watercolor and collage artwork, and interactive elements that are just right for young readers—Tree Magic is the perfect pick for preschool classrooms, story times, and parent-child reading time.
Christie Matheson is an editor for the StrollerTraffic website, and has written about lifestyle, design, and green living for many websites and publications, including the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, and Daily Candy. This is her first picture book. She lives with her husband and two small children in San Francisco, California.
“The conceit of this clever picture book is that the changing seasons occur as if by magic. Readers are shown a bare brown tree and are implored to, “Tap it once. Turn the page to see.” As they do, green leaves appear. . . .Simply a treasure to behold.” — School Library Journal
“Matheson invites readers to take an apple tree through a seasonal round using taps and page turns in place of touch-screens. . . . A universal theme, developed in an unusually clean, simple presentation…and, at least, with no need for batteries.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Take an apple tree through the seasons by tapping, brushing, shaking, and clapping. . . . It’s a good on-the-way-to-bed activity.” — Publishers Weekly
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