This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated introduction to trees and the important role they play is part of the essential Nature All Around series. The book first explores the parts of trees, their life cycles, the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, leaf types and the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. Then it takes readers through a year in the life cycle of trees, describing what happens during each of the four seasons. Readers will discover the many ways trees are vital to the environment and how various animals can share one tree as a home.A two-page spread contains a map of forest regions across the United States and Canada. And there's even a section for “budding” tree-watchers, with fun questions to help identify trees in their neighborhoods.Combine bestselling author Pamela Hickman's child-friendly, informative text with Carolyn Gavin's whimsical, painterly illustrations and you get both a complete reference tool and a book that children will be drawn to for its enticing visual appeal. This book has strong curriculum applications in grades two through five, when children are learning about the characteristics of living things. It works specifically for life science lessons on the growth and changes in plants, and on the interdependence of living things. End matter includes information about endangered trees and how readers can help, as well as an activity, glossary, and index.
About the Author
Pamela is an award-winning author of over 35 non-fiction nature books for children, including The Kids Canadian Nature Series, First Look at Nature Series, Animal Senses and Animals Hibernating. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.
Carolyn Gavin is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer. Her vibrant, colorful art reflects her love of nature and travel. You can find her work in books and magazines, and even on fabric. Originally from South Africa, she now lives in Toronto, Ontario.
A cogent, jauntily illustrated primer.—Kirkus Reviews
Classroom teachers, school librarians, and fans of Hickman's previous books will enjoy this lovely, informative volume.—School Library Journal
... a solid introduction to trees ...—Wall Street Journal
... lively and fun ...—San Francisco Book Review
... a clearly informative and picturesque look into the complex world of trees.—Booklist
Definitely worthy of purchase, Trees will not only serve as an excellent primer, but it will also give readers a sense of the tremendous importance of trees.—CM Magazine
[A] thoughtfully presented resource.—Publishers Weekly
A terrific resource and field guide for any budding naturalist!—Canadian Children's Book News