Here is a sticker book which is fun and likely to encourage young readers to observe and think. Double spreads cover the size, the shape and leaves of five well known trees – the chestnut, sycamore, holly, oak and hazenut – and the animals that inhabit them at different times of the day and night. The book is hugely interactive and there are exciting ideas for activities on every spread. So, for example, children are invited to use the stickers to put the new leaves on a summer tree and to stick appropriate fruits on cherry, pear and plum trees. They are also encouraged to use what they have learnt in the book when they are out on nature walks.
I learnt something interesting myself: birds that lay eggs in trees are more likely to have blue or green eggs whilst those that nest near the ground have brown or speckled eggs. Could this be something to do with the need for camouflage? The book got me thinking and speculating too! There is a chance to build a tree house using the stickers and to try some entertaining games on the tree theme including Sudoku and a Wordsearch. This would be a lovely book to take on holiday in the countryside or for a walk in the park to observe trees. Some tasks are more suited to the over 5s, but many pre-schoolers would enjoy the detailed pictures and placing the stickers.