This Tree 1, 2, 3

This Tree 1, 2, 3
by Alison Formento
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co., 2011
ISBN: 978-0807578919
For ages:


(Albert Whitman & Co.), by Alison Formento. Ages 4-9. Booklist: ‘Teachers will welcome this “going green” tale.’ This Tree, 1, 2, 3, a corresponding board board book, is available. Alison donates a portion of sales to Her presentations blend storytelling and language arts with trees, fun, and wit. Children make “Human Trees” and become editors. For third grade and older, Alison offers writing workshops featuring her “Idea Seeds” process. 2013 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee; Honor Book – 2011 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People; The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Youth Picture Book, 2011, SCBWI Crystal Kite Finalist 2011, Children’s Book Council Go Green Pick 2011


“Not only does this tree count, it matters!…The message branches out into a concisely written story with a child’s point of view that is enlivened with realistic and artfully composed paper-cut and digital-collage illustrations. Teachers will welcome this “going green” tale, which ends with the junior tree huggers planting more trees.” Booklist

“Snow’s collage illustrations add texture and natural beauty to the story. The characters are dressed in outfits that showcase their individual personalities. The picture of the industrious kids working together in the grassy field under a bright blue sky epitomizes the story’s theme of cooperation and friendship.”School Library Journal

“The result gives a very earthy, made-from-nature feel to the illustrations. Snow’s animals are easy to count and will keep young readers occupied….this will suit many audiences.” Kirkus Reviews

“a green counting book with panache.” Publishers Weekly

Reading Guide/Activities

THIS TREE COUNTS! downloadable guide available at

About the Author

Alison Formento is the author of the award-winning picture book This Tree Counts! and its abridged board book This Tree, 1, 2, 3. From Booklist: Teachers and parents will welcome Formento’s “going green” tale. Upcoming books include These Bees Count! (2012) and These Seas Count! (2013). Alison has written for several publications including The New York Times, The Writer and Parenting. She loves visiting schools and libraries and donates a portion of her book sales to
Author’s website

School Visit Information

Alison loves traveling to schools to meet students. Please see testimonials on her website and contact Alison for detailed information, rates, and scheduling: aforment(at)optonline(dot)net

Alison Formento buzzes into schools with her interactive presentations where students from Pre-K to 8th grade will become human trees, waggle dance like honeybees and discover how trees, bees, and seas count in our world. Alison visits will benefit your students and compliments related curriculum for the following: Environmental themes including, Springtime, Earth Day and Arbor Day, nature discoveries, counting awareness, informative art, writing and idea development.

Specialized workshops offered:

Writing Seeds: Growing creative stories using idea seeds. (3rd grade and up)

Green Counting Fun: Learning math through nature inspired games and activities. Addition, subtraction, and shape building. (Pre-K -3rd grade)