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|Author: Carol Reed-Jones
Illustrator: Christopher Canyon
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95
Science teachers and ecologically minded parents—this book is a delightful introduction to the habitat in and around old trees. As AAAS Science Books & Films says, “the science is accurate and the book painlessly teaches important ecological lessons.” From lowly fungi to majestic owls, the book connects the web of nature. Repetitive, cumulative verse—a poetic technique that children universally enjoy—aptly portrays the amazing ways in which the inhabitants of the forest depend upon one another for survival. Stunning illustrations by the renowned illustrator, Christopher Canyon, manage to be both magical and true to life. It includes a guide to the forest creatures and their interrelationships, and a concise explanation of an “ancient forest.”
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- Benjamin Franklin Gold Award
- Washington State Library, Washington Reads Selection for 2007
— NAPRA Review
Reed-Jones’ cumulative verse technique, which very effectively illustrates the ecological concept, will make this book a lively story-time or lap-share read-aloud as well as a good choice for choral reading. Canyon’s superb double-page illustrations can be appreciated both as fine works of art and as detailed studies of forest flora and fauna.
— Booklist (Amer. Library Assn.)
If you saw the huge tree in the ancient forest, you might not realize that it provides numerous creatures with a home and food sources. Look carefully, sit still and listen, and you will discover that creatures large and small live in and around this three-hundred-year old fir tree.
Little voles eat truffles that lie hidden in the soil around the great tree’s roots, and when night falls, a great owl hunts the voles. The owl lives in a hole in the big tree, raising its babies there. This warm dry home was excavated by a woodpecker, which runs up and down the tree snapping up ants hungrily.
Written in a style that is reminiscent of the rhyme, “This is the House that Jack Built,” this picture book shows young children how one great tree is a vital part of an ecosystem. The animals and plants that live in and around the tree depend on it, and in some ways, the tree depends those plants and animals as well. In addition to introducing children to the idea of interdependence between species, this book also touches on many aspects of ancient forest biology, and on the pressing need to preserve these precious ecosystems.
— Through The Looking Glass Children’s Book Review (April 2009)