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Charlotte Guillain & Sam Usher

What Did the Tree See?

What Did the Tree See?

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Told in gentle rhyming verse, this beautiful non-fiction picture book follows the story of an oak tree on a hilltop as it witnesses life changing around it over the course of hundreds of years. From the time when hunters chased deer through the woodland, to when trees were cleared for farmland, to the smog and factories emerging during the industrial revolution. One majestic oak has seen it all, and now we can too.

Accompanying pages at the end of the book include a timeline of events in world history across the periods featured in the poem, the life cycle of an oak tree, and prompts to help parents and children explore their own local history.

"Simple rhyming text matched by beautiful and carefully detailed illustrations offer a delightful history lesson" —Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

"This beautifully drawn book is a delightful launchpad for home learning" —Sunday Times

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