Book of the week – What Do You See When You Look At A Tree

What Do You See When You Look At A Tree by Emma Carlisle

‘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?

This is an evocative and gentle picture book that encourages us to explore themes of empathy, mindfulness and personal growth through our connection with nature. In this practical and interactive session, learn how to create imagery of the natural world both above and below the ground from the roots of the trees to the animals that live around them.

Event information 

Explore the trees and the plants around us with Emma Carlisle on the 30 September, 2.30pm at Bath Central Library.

About the Author 

Emma Carlisle is a highly acclaimed illustrator and artist, living in Plymouth. 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. 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. What Do You See When You Look At A Tree? has won the Award of Excellence – Literature for Children from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize earlier this year.

The idea for this book came from Emma starting a daily walk around Plymouth. To begin with, she saw all trees in the same way. However, the more she walked, the more she noticed how each tree was different. The curve of a branch, the variety of colours, the way people interacted with them. Emma began to research the trees and became interested in their history. She hopes this book will inspire people to look closer at trees, whether it’s from your bedroom window, in a local park or on your walk to school. 

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Bath Festivals Book of the Week is our weekly recommended book from our upcoming Children’s Literature Festival.

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