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  • By Rod leeds
    Sep 24, 2013
    A colourful computer drawn book depicting the life of a venerable oak tree.My eight year old grand daughter was engrossed as she read the adventures of Old Knobbley's charmed life. There is an idiosyncratic and expanding time line in each episode of the story, some of which link back to events where this tree still survives in Essex. A refreshing tale with vibrant colour with text that does not talk down to children
  • By Nicola Gerrard
    Aug 26, 2013
    This lovely children's book about the life of an ancient oak tree (you can go and see it: it grows 'on a wood, on a hill, near a river, at the edge of the village of Mistley') contains a multitude of pleasure. For a start, it is beautifully illustrated, vivid and bold. And then, because we follow Knobbley's life from an acorn to the battered and hollowed-out tree it is now, it contains 800 years of English history - from the Magna Carta to the Second World War, taking in events like the Black Death, witches, the Gutenberg Press, Hallé's comet and the telephone. At the same time, it is a nature book; Knobbley is a miniature eco-system, surviving fire, heat and ice; home to small animals; threatened by environmental change; resilient and enduring. A joy to read, look at, learn from.
  • By suemackie
    Dec 16, 2012
    This is beautifully illustrated and inspirational book about the imaginary life of a real, eight hundred year old oak tree that lives in Mistley, Essex. It has received much praise from all the people that have borrowed my copy. Apart from being a good read,it could be used as a valuable resource for young pupils in topics about our environment or past events and lifestyles. I wish it had been available before I retired from teaching!
  • By Margaret Nelson
    Nov 13, 2012
    'Old Knobbley the oak tree' does several things. It tells the imaginary life story of a long-lived tree, a real tree, and invites you to imagine some of the things that it's seen and heard over the centuries. It teaches you some English history and something about ecology and conservation. Its illustrations, as well as helping to tell the story, will test children's observational skills, as they hunt for the creatures hidden in and around the tree. And by buying the book, you're helping to raise money for more trees, a valuable resource in our changing climate, with its "Buy 2 get 1 tree" pledge from the author, publisher and tree-lover, Morag Embleton. Young children will enjoy the story but may need help to understand the history and some of the terms used. Older children may use the book as the basis for a project, beginning with planting an acorn, and, as we all know, mighty oaks from little acorns grow. What impressed me most was a sense of the passing of time, a very... More > long time, that young children may find hard to comprehend. I hope it will plant the seeds of an idea in young readers' minds.< Less
  • By Hilary Furlong
    Oct 17, 2012
    This enchanting book will captivate the imagination of children of all ages. As a teaching aid it will prove invaluable with its clear presentation linking an ancient tree to environmental and historical timelines. The subtle introduction of traditional woodland management skills, the effect of extremes of weather, the demise of some animal species and the arrival of others make Old Knobbley sit comfortably in his 800 year life. It is a book for a child to explore, it will stimulate discussion and it will encourage a love of trees and the planting of many acorns.
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Product Details

First Edition
Morag Embleton
August 23, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.57 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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