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Ella Saw the Tree PB

Authors: Robert Vescio Illustrator: Illustrator Cheri Hughes
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)
Jokes, Children's Book
230 x 260mm

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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.


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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3 reviews for Ella Saw the Tree PB

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    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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