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What Do You See When You Look at a Tree?

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What do you see when you look at a tree? Leaves and twigs and branches? Or do you see a real, living thing, That moves, and breathes and dances?

Immerse yourself in this gentle picture book that encourages us to explore our connection with nature.


Author: Emma Carlisle. 40pp. 400 colour photographs. 300 x 253 mm. Paperback, ISBN 9781800784383, Templar Publishing in association with RBG Kew 2023.

This wonderful picture book explores themes of empathy, mindfulness and personal growth through the eyes of a child. Beautifully written and illustrated by the award-winning artist Emma Carlisle, What Do You See When You Look At a Tree? urges readers to reconnect with nature by asking questions that encourage critical thinking and reflection on their own development, as well as helping to establish a deeper appreciation for the environment and their place within it. Stunning watercolour and hand-finished artwork draw s parallels to the bestselling The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, and evokes the classic nostalgia of E. H. Shephard's much-loved Winnie-the-Pooh.


Emma Carlisle is a highly acclaimed illustrator and artist, living in Falmouth, UK. She graduated in 2011 from University of Plymouth with a First Class Hons in Illustration, and in 2014 from the Cambridge School of Art with an MA in Children's Book Illustration. She is also a lecturer in Children's Illustration at the University of Plymouth.

In 2013, Emma was Highly Commended for the Macmillan Book Prize and in 2015 her first book Lion Practice was nominated for a number of awards, including the Kate Greenaway and the Klaus Flugge Prize. She has two books published with Macmillan.

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