High in The Old Oak Tree
My book ‘High in The Old Oak Tree’ is a richly illustrated picture-book-poem all about a boy who climbs an oak tree and discovers its secrets.
The book came about from a camping trip with my local ‘Woodcraft Folk’ group. We camped near to a huge old oak tree in the countryside at Pestalozzi. Being with that tree was a kind of portal to my deepest childhood experience of huge old trees. I tried really hard to put this experience into the book.
So this book shows what I feel a huge old oak tree is really like: wolves hide deep in its branches and a vast sea of tears sigh under its roots.
Some more images from the book:
The poem has strong rhythm, rhyme, and repetition that can be happily turned into actions with children.
Quite a few schools have used my poems like this.
Here’s an extract:
“In the dancing shade of the high oak tree
I climbed through the afternoon,
I made my bed in its strong arms
Beneath the silver moon.
Bright distant silver moon.
I woke with the sun in the bright oak tree,
To see drifting clouds below,
I walked I sang I banged my stick,
And forgot to go home.
Happy on my own.”