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Are Trees Alive?

by Debbie S. Miller
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

Published by Walker, 2002

Ages 4 - 8

"While you picnic under a tree, the forest has a picnic of its own. The sun helps the leaves make food, the rain brings drink..." The basic facts about trees creep up on young listeners and readers of this volume by suggesting comparisons to the parts the human body. "Roots anchor a tree, like your feet help you stand," writes Miller. Children see a double-page spread picturing two of the baobab trees in the savannahs of the African continent. Miller continues, "A trunk supports the body of the tree, like your legs support your body." Schuett's next grand painting shows redwood trees growing along some coastal areas in Oregon and California. Paper birches, sugar maples, weeping willows, and banyan trees are among those featured in this effective tribute to the trees of the planet. So user friendly and lyrical that it reads like a story, the narrative contains solid information and facts in a special illustrated section at the very end. So beautiful in presenting images of families and trees in many parts of the world that its an unabashed plea to respect trees and also plant new ones makes it a gem for that reason, too. (GMK; July 8) 2002 Cooperative Children's Book Center


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