Tap the Magic Tree

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

In Tap the Magic Tree, young readers are invited to interact with a tree through the seasons. They give pages a tap, a brush, or a wiggle, and the next page shows them what results. They may see a tree blooming with flowers or fruit, serving as home to bees or birds, losing its leaves, or covered in snow.

The “magic” of Tap the Magic Tree, in my opinion, lies with the reader. It’s up to each individual reader to make this book the interactive experience it is intended to be. I can see Tap the Magic Tree being used as a class read-aloud, particularly when K5 and 1st grade classes are studying plants or seasons, but I think it would be more effective in small groups or in a one-on-one setting.


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