As Lovely as a Tree

Thea’s Tree

I took one look at the cover of this enchanting picture book and knew I wanted to see what was inside. I wasn’t disappointed.


  • Targeted Audience: Pre-school (Ages 3 and up)
  • Genre: Fiction, Picture Book
  • Publisher: Karadi Tales
  • Publication Date: March, 2014
  • Author/Illustrator: Judith Clay
  • Binding: Paper Back, 8″ X 11″ (I reviewed a PDF)
  • Printing: Full color illustrations
  • Length: 28 Pages
  • Retail: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-1926973869

Creative and Simple, the Way a Picture Book Should Be

Thea is a girl who lives in a city with many tall buildings. Her mother tells her tales of climbing trees and sitting under the shade as a little girl, and her father tells her about the delicious fruits he picked off trees when he was a child. Thea has never seen a tree herself, and there’s nothing she wants more than to have one outside her house. Her friends don’t seem to share her passion for trees, so when Thea sees a single leaf blowing through the air, she follows it in search of the tree from where it came. The rest of the story is much like an imaginative and charming fairy tale, with a very happy ending – but I don’t want to spoil the tale for you.

“The leaf lifted her up, high above the concrete city, and soared with her towards the moon and the stars.”

What I Like About This Book

Author/illustrator Judith Clay’s illustrations are unique and dreamy. The writing is simple and flows nicely, keeping the attention of the reader. I like that the book is about nature, and the story will make children think about the environment. This is a wonderful, imaginative picture book for a bedtime story for a very young child. (Note: This book will be available in March, 2014.)

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About the Author

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Judith Clay is an award- winning German artist and writer, who works primarily in ink, pastels and colored pencils.  While explaining her work she writes: “There is nothing more rewarding for me than getting lost on the page and story of a new drawing. I like to think of my pictures as little “escapes” from reality where it’s possible for fish to fly and for girls to ride on sea horses high above the city.”

Further Learning

  1. Talk to your child about the importance of trees and how they provide us with oxygen.
  2. Thea’s story is a perfect lead in to starting a garden with your child. You may begin by simply planting a few seeds, perhaps even a tree in your own yard or on your patio.
  3. Ask your child to draw a picture of his or her favorite tree. What kind of tree is it? What can you learn about that type of tree? Perhaps you can check a book out of the library about it and learn more.

For another great book about a tree, you’ll absolutely love, read Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers.


2 Thoughts.

  1. Hello Debbie,
    my name is Judith Clay, and I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful write-up on my story and illustrations! I’m thrilled that you like the artwork, and I’m especially happy that you see things for further learning in the story.
    Thank you for taking the time to look at my book.
    Kind regards,

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