With lush illustrations, poems, and accessible scientific information, The Wisdom of Trees by Lita Judge is a fascinating exploration of the hidden communities trees create to strengthen themselves and others.
We clean the air and seed the clouds, we drench the thirsty land with rain. We are like wizards.
The story of a tree is a story of community, communication, and cooperation. Although trees may seem like silent, independent organisms, they form a network buzzing with life: they talk, share food, raise their young, and offer protection. Trees thrive on diversity, learn from their ancestors, and give back to their communities. Trees not only sustain life on our planet—they can also teach us important lessons about patience, survival, and teamwork.
About the Author
Lita Judge is the author and illustrator of several award-winning picture books for young readers, including How Big Were Dinosaurs?, Bird Talk, Born in the Wild, Flight School, and Red Sled. After a summer spent reading the handwritten journals of Mary Shelley, Lita embarked on a five year journey to tell the story of this courageous teenager in Mary’s Monster. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, with her husband, two cats and a parrot.
“Wonderful illustrations and poetry highlight cutting-edge scientific information about how trees communicate and share information. Don’t leave this one behind.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“In poetry, prose, and art, examples from around the world teach both basic botany and current, even cutting-edge, research about trees.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“An accessible, rousing resource.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Judge thoroughly explains the many ways in which trees and the organisms that live in, under, and near them form complex and interdependent ecosystems. She emphasizes cooperation, rather than competition, to highlight the ways they help other species and trees in their immediate areas." —Horn Book
Praise for Homes in the Wild:
“A must for nonfiction collections everywhere.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“An attractive, visually engaging introduction to animal homes.” —Booklist
“Solid, appealing nonfiction for the younger set.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Advanced young readers will appreciate the combination of adorable animals and sophisticated text, while others will enjoy having the details read aloud as they look at endearing kits and pups.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Praise for Born in the Wild:
“Warmly friendly and inviting for a wide range of ages.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This charming picture book presents more than 20 baby animals . . . so tenderly that readers may forget that these are wild creatures.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“An intimate study of the lives of animal babies and their parents.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A visually captivating volume on animal families.” —Booklist