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Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art [Paperback]

By Thomas Locker (Author), Thomas Locker (Illustrator) & Candace Christiansen (Author)
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Uses text and oil paintings of a solitary tree during the different seasons and the rising and setting of the sun to challenge readers on the relationship between art and science. Reprint.

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In spring, a snapping turtle lays her eggs on the hillside beneath the tree. In autumn, leaves fall as squirrels scamper up the trunk carrying nuts. And on a winter night, a backdrop of twinkling stars shines through the branches. Each day, the tree changes with the purple and pink of a sunset or a nip of cold air. But the tree is more than a thing of beauty--its changes represent the passage of time in nature. In this stunning book by Thomas Locker, who was seven years old when he won his first award for a painting of a tree that still stands in the National Zoo, exquisite paintings and wondrous text are paired with questions about nature, and science comes alive through art.

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Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art by Thomas Locker & Candace Christiansen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Ingram Children's Advance - 07/01/2001 page 43

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.06" Width: 7.98" Height: 0.13"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 7, 2001
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  5-9
ISBN  0064437507  
ISBN13  9780064437509  
UPC  046594006950  

Availability  0 units.

More About Thomas Locker & Candace Christiansen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thomas Locker has illustrated more than 30 books, many of which he has written, including "Skytree," "Walking with Henry," "John Muir," "Hudson: The Story of a River," and "Rembrandt and Titus." His books have received many awards, including the Christopher Award, the Knickerbocker Lifetime Achievement Award, the John Burroughs Award, and The New York Times Award for best illustration.

Thomas Locker lived in the state of New York. Thomas Locker was born in 1937 and died in 2012.

Thomas Locker has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Picture Puffin Books

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Forests & Trees > Nonfiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature
6Books > Subjects > Science > Technology > General & Reference
7Books > Subjects > Science > Technology

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Sky Tree  Feb 23, 2006
I am creating curricula that integrates the visual arts and science. This book has it all.
What a gorgeous book to look at!
Science Through Art  Nov 6, 2004
Sky Tree shows how a tree growing on a hill by a river changes through all four seasons. Locker's oil paintings are beautiful and accurate. The text records the changes the tree experiences in simple language. There are questions at the bottom of each page where text appears that provoke discussion. At the end of the book, Locker gives a scientific explanation of each of the paintings: the summer tree, the change tree, the autumn tree, etc. This is a great book to use for teaching about the world of nature.
Teaching Science Through Art  Oct 14, 2003
The artist Thomas Locker studies a tree through a year. The paintings are beautiful. Realism never looked so good in a children's book before.
One to look at over and over again.  May 20, 2002
I read this book with my 3 year old. The questions were over his head, but he still loved it. By simply discussing the pictures he learned about seasons, weather, the life cycle of a tree, and how painting techniques contribute to the mood of a piece of art.
Sky Tree is a beautiful book  May 19, 2002
I absolutely love Thomas Locker's art and share his love of trees. Each page of this book presents the same tree in a different light or season. Candance Christiansen's scientific and teaching background add good information to Locker's books. However, for me, it's still Locker's beautiful oil paintings that are the primary draw.
His painting of the tree with a night sky transports me to Georgia O'Keeffe's tree at night or Van Gogh's Starry Night. I'd have been just as thrilled with it at 3 as I am at 53.

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