Two children (ages 6 and 9) represent an afternoon spent in their urban, wintery treescape through visual art, photo documentation, and written narrative. The first piece, "My Imaginary Forest", considers the seasons, animals, and issues of artistic representation of nature. The second piece describes the relationship between a favourite tree and a child, and considers others -- both present and future -- who also occupy "Our Knotty Tree". All of the words, visual art, and photo selection are those of the children.

Author Biography

Gretel Olson

Gretel Olson (she/her) lives in Camrose, Alberta (Canada). She likes reading, playing LEGO with her sister, going for walks around the lake to get ice cream, and making funny faces. Her favourite food is spaghetti. Gretel is seven years old and is in Grade 2.

Ingrid Olson

Ingrid Olson (she/her) lives in Camrose, Alberta (Canada). She loves to read (especially in her tree), and her favourite authors are Jim Benton, Raina Telgemeier, and Dan Gutman. She loves to play LEGO, ride her bike, and bounce on her pogo stick. Her record is ~450 bounces. Ingrid is nine-and-a-half years old and is in Grade 4.



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