High in The Old Oak Tree

‘High in The Old Oak Tree’ is an illustrated picture-book-poem all about a boy who spends his whole life in an oak tree.

The book shows what an old oak tree is really like if you take the time to discover its secrets: wolves hide in its branches, you can touch the moon from the top, and there’s a vast sea of tears sighing under its roots.

It’s for anyone who loves trees and  likes to take a moment  out of the busyness of life to  daydream.

This is the favourite book I’ve ever made and I go back and look at it a lot.
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The book measures 15 x 21 cm and has 32 fully illustrated pages and a hand printed silver moon on the cover.  It costs £6. To purchase please click below:

Some more images from the book:

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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.”

The book was inspired by the huge oak trees at Pestalozzi International Village, where I often camped with my family on Woodcraft Folk camps. I made up a version of the story while I was camping there one Summer. It slowly turned into the poem that appears in the book over a couple of years.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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