The Oak Tree


Author: Donaldson, Julia Published 28/09/2023 | Hardback
226 x 280 x 13 | 436g

ISBN: 9780702324345 Category:

Watch a thousand years unfold in the life of one magnificent


A thousand years ago, a tiny acorn fell to the

ground. As the years pass, it grows . . . and GROWS into an

enormous oak tree! As the centuries sweep

by, children play games around the tree. Families

dance about it. A fleeing king even hides inside its hollow


The tree gives food and shelter to a host of animals,

from squirrels and badgers to birds and beetles.

After a thousand years, the ancient tree finally falls in a storm

– but a new acorn sprouts, and the cycle of life begins

all over again.

The tree’s magical life story is brought to life in Julia

Donaldson’s rich, dramatic rhyme.

Victoria Sandoy’s gorgeous, atmospheric illustrations

perfectly capture the changing seasons, and the

people and wildlife that pass by

Children will love spotting all the creatures in the pictures,

and seeing the games children play around the tree

This is a book that encourages us all to look more closely

at nature, and to appreciate the wonder of our ancient


The final pages of the book contain extra fascinating

facts about oak trees and the animals that depend on them.

Praise for The Christmas Pine, also

by Julia Donaldson and Victoria Sandoy:

‘Magical . . . as well as paying tribute to tradition, the

gentle rhythmic verse and stunning pictures illuminate the two other

things close to Julia’s heart: the power of children and song’

Good Housekeeping

Julia Donaldson is the author of many of the best-loved children’s

books ever written.

She has been awarded a CBE for services to literature, and is

the most celebrated children’s writer in Britain today.

Many of Julia Donaldson’s beloved picture books have been made

into award-winning animated films which are regularly shown on the

BBC at Christmas.

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