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Authors: Robert Vescio Illustrator: Illustrator Cheri Hughes
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)
01/May/2017
Children, living mindfully
32
Hardback
230mm x 260mm
9781925520361
$24.99

Ella Saw the Tree is an entertaining story about living in the moment. This beautiful and reflective picture book teaches a simple but important lesson. By taking a moment to slow down and really appreciate your surroundings even the simple things can be surprising and fun.

One windy day, as Ella plays in her backyard, she is showered by leaves. When she looks up, Ella sees a tree in her backyard … has it always been there?

And why is it crying?

It’s not until Ella carefully and attentively takes the time to – smell, listen, feel and look – that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. By slowing down and experiencing new sensations, Ella learns to appreciate the simple things in life.

Ella Saw the Tree is a beautifully illustrated and captivating story that show’s children how easy it is to appreciate the world.

Perfect for sharing with children of all ages.

TEACHERS RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE

Praise for Ella Saw the Tree

“Robert Vescio’s Story on Mindfulness Opens our Hearts.” – Just Write For Kids

” … a must read for big and little kids, alike!” – Dimity Powell, Boomerang Books

Illustrator Cheri Hughes

Illustrator Cheri Hughes

Cheri Hughes was born in Japan and raised in both the U.S. and Japan. She studied design in Japan and specialises in illustration. Even as a small child, and prior to any studies, she always knew what she would be doing and that involved creating a world through visual interpretation. Cheri moved around a lot […]

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Robert Vescio

Robert Vescio

Robert Vescio has had his short stories published in anthologies, he has won awards for his children’s writing, as well as being an author on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge list. Robert’s aim is to enthuse and inspire children to read and write and leave them bursting with imaginative ideas What is the most important […]

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11 reviews for Ella Saw the Tree HB

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a lovely way to teach younger children about using their senses to discover the natural world and the power it has to bring joy and serenity into their lives. Robert Vescio’s beautiful use of language makes this an enjoyable book to read out loud, while Cheri Hughes captures the magic of the tree with her soft palette and whimsical style

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    an important story of ‘being happy in the moment’, of mindfulness and appreciating the world around us.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Vescio’s beautiful use of language makes this an enjoyable book to read out loud, while Cheri Hughes captures the magic of the tree with her soft palette and whimsical style.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Here is a story that joyfully taps into children’s innately inquiring minds. It reminds them that slowing down, focusing on the inner self, and appreciating their environment will offer them surprising discoveries and a sense of calm.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catchup with author Robert Vescio on his recent Blog Tour reviews, interviews and an insight into his new book ‘Ella Saw the Tree’ . . . Just Write For Kids: Robert Vescio’s Story on Mindfulness Opens our Hearts. Read more here Kids Book Review: Robert Vescio’s beautiful use of language makes this an enjoyable book to read out loud, while Cheri Hughes captures the magic of the tree with her soft palette and whimsical style. Read more here Emma Middleton: Ella Saw The Tree will delight all readers. Teachers and parents alike can use this story as a starting point for discussing the concept of engaging all senses and being mindful of the little things in life. For children, reading this book will open new perspectives on the world and being present in the moment. This is a great book to be shared with children of all ages. Read more here Jackie Hosking (Pass It On): … this book will help children to calm themselves down, resist focusing on negative emotions, be more aware and improve their capacity to pay attention to being in the moment. Read more here Boomerang Books: … a must read for big and little kids, alike! Read more here Megan Higginson: I started writing my story – a story that would appeal to children and make the practice of mindfulness fun. In the story, Ella interacts with a tree and sees the beauty of life through her own eyes. Read more here Boomerang Books Review: Here is a story that joyfully taps into children’s innately inquiring minds. It reminds them that slowing down, focusing on the inner self, and appreciating their environment will offer them surprising discoveries and a sense of calm. Read more here Creative Kids Tales: I didn’t want to write a story that pushed children into seated meditation and sounded too much like a lesson. So, I wrote a story that made the practice of mindfulness fun. Read more here

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ella Saw The Tree will delight all readers. Teachers and parents alike can use this story as a starting point for discussing the concept of engaging all senses and being mindful of the little things in life. For children, reading this book will open new perspectives on the world and being present in the moment. This is a great book to be shared with children of all ages.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was a beautiful book to read aloud to the children. they were all amazed that Ella hadn’t noticed the tree in her yard and agreed it is important to stop slow down and admire the things around us.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    They also enjoyed listening and watching Ella discover the things around her. They listed all the things that trees can do and how important they are. Their favourite part was when the kiss hit the tree with a SPLAT.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ella is a busy girl. There is a lot to do in her backyard and many adventures to be had. She doesn’t have time to be bored. One day, Ella sees a tree in her backyard and is surprised she has not noticed it before. With its falling leaves, Ella is convinced the tree must be crying. She busies herself finding ways to cheer up the sad tree. That night, Ella’s mind is too busy to sleep. She frets over the tree and what she can do to help it. Seeing her daughter’s despair, Ella’s mother encourages her to slow down and focus on her senses. By doing this, Ella is able to appreciate the moment she is experiencing. Though she has a wonderful imagination, Ella does not take the time to pay attention to something like an ordinary tree in her back yard. This tale shows Ella, and younger readers, not just that it is good to pay attention, but how to pay attention. Ella Saw the Tree serves as an introduction for children to mindfulness practices. Author Robert Vescio’s words invite children to be present in the moment by connecting with their senses, their surroundings, and with nature. Vesico’s tale of Ella’s beautiful and her busy days are complimented by Cheri Hughes’ watercolour illustrations. The pictures are colourful and capture the sensory journey Ella embarks upon. A story with an important message, Ella Saw The Tree is recommended for children of all ages, as well as their parents. Teachers Resources are available from the Big Sky Publishing website. Reviewed by Fiona Miller-

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I highly recommend Ella Saw the Tree, not only for young children, but for middle and upper primary children as well. The story is a gift sent to remind us to pause

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    no picture book is complete without illustrations. Illustrator, Cheri Hughes, has given us a visual feast with her inspiring illustrations. The detail in each double page spread carries the reader deep into Ella’s world where you feel what Ella feels

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