Tap the Magic Tree

Tap the Magic Tree

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The acclaimed interactive picture book about the changing seasons. "Like Hervé Tullet's Press Here, Matheson's Tap the Magic Tree proves you don't need apps for interactivity," praised the New York Times.

Every book needs you to turn the pages. But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss. Innovative and timeless, Tap the Magic Tree asks you to help one lonely tree change with the seasons. Now that's interactive--and magical!

It begins with a bare brown tree. But tap that tree, turn the page, and one 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. The collage-and-watercolor art evokes the bright simplicity of Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle and the interactive concept will delight fans of Pat the Bunny. Combining a playful spirit and a sense of wonder about nature, Christie Matheson has created a new modern classic that is a winner in every season--and every story time!

And don't miss the follow-up, Touch the Brightest Star!

Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062274458
Branch Call Number: j P NATURE MATHESON
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Nov 16, 2019

suggestion from jbrary: give every child a die-cut tree, and every time the book mentions tapping, shaking, or blowing on it, they have their own tree to use.

IndyPL_AndrewD Sep 24, 2019

This interactive book is great for several story time themes (changing seasons and apples being the big ones). Preschoolers are always amazed by the changes taking place though the story; making it a go-to favorite of mine.

esgouliaras Nov 24, 2018

Such a magical way to tell the tale of changing seasons to your little ones!! Precious. Kids are encouraged to interact with the book, shaking, swooshing, jiggling and so on!

Thegiver Aug 19, 2017

Great interactive book. Children participate & see the seasons change with simple text and illustrations.

mvkramer Apr 22, 2017

Great interactive book and a great introduction to the seasons! Kids touch and shake the book to help the magic tree go through spring, summer, fall and winter. The storytime kids loved it.

Mariangela_S Oct 20, 2016

Play with the tree in this story and watch it grow, blossom, sway in the wind and shed it's leaves. Interactive story that will engage readers.

ArapahoeAmika Aug 29, 2016

This is a wonderfully interactive book. Completely suitable for toddler thru preschool storytime. Additionally, a fun read for adults and children to read together one-on-one or any other ratio of adult to kiddo!

I have used this book during our Preschool storytime. The beautiful pictures help tell the story of a tree during all of the seasons in a year. My kids loved seeing that their actions help tell the next parts of the story. Highly recommended for preschool aged and above.

Jan 02, 2016

Great story time book!

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Interact with this beautiful book to help the magic tree change through the seasons. This is a great reminder that books can be interactive, playful and tactile experiences just like tablet computers.

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