Tree That Bear Climbed, The
Everyone knows about the house that Jack built, but this is The Tree That Bear Climbed. What makes this tree so fascinating to bear? Starting with the roots that anchor the tree, this chain of events story in cumulative verse explores many different things that help a tree stand tall. It also lends itself to further discussion with fun repetition and detailed picture clues, stimulating a child’s curiosity. Why does the bear climb the tree and what happens when he arrives at his goal?

Written by Marianne Berkes, Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz
32 pg, 10 X 8.5, Ages 3-8, Grades PK-3, Lexile: AD 450, AR: NQ, F&P: K
Hardcover 9781607185284 $17.95  
Spanish Hardcover 9781607186793 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607185376 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554267 $9.95  
EBook 9781607185659 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551518 $6.95  
Keywords:   rhythm, physical adaptation, adapted story, House That Jack Built, plant parts, plant-animal interaction, life science, cumulative text, plant body parts, basic needs: plants, plant/animal interaction
Animals in the book:   squirrel, bee, bear, black bear
Vetters:   Thanks to Lisa Davis, Associate Director of Education at the Denver Botanic Gardens, for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.


It's an impressive introduction to trees and life cycles and would pair wonderfully with a fiction title about trees. The book also contains curricular topics, more information, scientific experiments, and activities. - Library Media Connection

Handsome realistic artwork shows a close-up of each detail, from roots to honey, then depicts the whole tree with a touch of humor, as bear flees the angry bees. - Horn Book Guide

Gentle, lightly colored spreads depict the tree from the ground up, providing a higher and higher perspective as branches reach out to the sky. Phrases naturally build with a growing intensity as more elements come into view. - School Library Journal

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning author Marianne Berkes is a retired teacher and librarian who uses her love of nature and teaching to create informational picture books. In addition to The Tree That Bear Climbed, Animalogy, Anybody Home? and now Daisylocks for Arbordale, some of Marianne’s other 17 (and counting) award-winning titles include Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun; Seashells by the Seashore; Going Home, The Mystery of Animal Migration; Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef; Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme and most recently Over in a River, What's in the Garden?, and The Swamp Where Gator Hides. Marianne has been actively involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for over twenty years and often suggests when she speaks at conferences that aspiring writers and illustrators join SCBWI. Visit her website at /

A lifelong artist and lover of nature, Kathleen Rietz was drawing and painting before she learned to write her name. Originally from Peoria, IL, Kathleen received her formal training from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. In addition to illustratingDesert Baths, The Tree That Bear Climbed, Prairie Storms, and Champ’s Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too! for Arbordale, Kathleen’s other books include Conce Tu Parque, Little Black Ant on Park Street, The ABC’s of Yoga for Kids, and Prayers for Children. She taught art to children and adults at the Community School of the Arts at historic Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and through a local home school program in her community. For more information about Kathleen, visit her website:


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