Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tom's Tree

This was a recent happy library find. It's a book called Tom's Tree by Gillian Shields and illustrated by Gemma Raynor. This book touches on the wonder of childhood, where the impossible is possible, where one sees the extraordinary in the ordinary. You meet a young Tom as he is planting a tree. It's just a seed and his older brother says it will never grow, much like the storyline of The Carrot Seed. But Tom doesn't let his brother discourage him rather he dreams of what his tree will be; beautiful, full of life and adventure. The story also takes you on a tale of growing up as Tom and his tree both grow as the years pass by. It's a very sweet tale with a melt my heart finish. The illustrations are full of fun fanciful details and lots of whimsy, just like I like them.

Here's a little mix media three dimensional art project we did along with this book. We made our very own trees out of paint, tissue paper, beads, pipe cleaners, toilet paper rolls, glitter and a paper plate for the base.


  1. Oh wow, I LOVE your trees! They are too cute and too perfect!! I bet they were lovely and tactile to make!

    PS thank you for linking up Kids Get Crafty!

  2. Those trees are so pretty! We'll have to try this craft at our house!

    The book sounds neat, too - I love stories that capture the beauty of childhood.

  3. Wow! You are such a good mom! I love how you do craft projects to go with the books y'all read. you rock!

  4. What a cute little project! I’m a new follower Happy Thursday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

  5. Oh my goodness I love these trees! The book sounds great too.

    Thank you for linking up to stART :0)

  6. That is so cute!!!

    I'd love to have you join in on my For the Kids Friday Link Party. Stop by and see what we're up to. You're sure to find something fun :)


  7. We love this craft for kids! Will definitely be sharing it on our site.

    all the best,
    Sherry + Wendy @ Kiboomu