This huge drawing is by an artist called Stephen Brandes.
There is a whole strange city within the tree trunk shown in this drawing. There are factories pumping out smoke, what do you think they could be making? Would you like to live in a city in a tree trunk? It might be dark but it sounds quite cosy.
What kind of tree do you think this is? It looks tall and has no leaves, so it must lose them in winter time. Here are some Irish trees that have been grown here for thousands of years:
Do you recognise any of these trees? Can you see any from your window or around your area?
Every tree has a unique leaf shape that helps us to identify them. Can you match these leaves to the trees above?
Let’s take another look at Stephen Brandes’ tree. There are lots of little houses in it, so it looks like many people or creatures are living there. Trees offer shelter for all sorts of beings - insects, birds, squirrels, rabbits, badgers.
Let’s make some tree houses. You can download and print the template below or just draw your own.
My tree is home to Wilma the Woodpecker who loves reading books about science. Underneath, in the basement, there are lots of rooms for local worms and burrowers. Wullo the worm is an outdoorsy fella and watches lots of travel shows to help him choose his next destination. Rebecca the rabbit enjoys a hot cocoa after her evening lettuce.
Talking Pictures: 'Trees' was devised by Annie Forrester
Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
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