Ancient Ones: The World of the Old-Growth Douglas Fir

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"A wonderous walk through an old-growth forest. . . . Reading Ancient Ones is truly the next best thing to being there."

--School Library Journal, starred review, Best Book

"Beautifully affirms the concept of a cycle of life."

--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Bash's lush paintings . . . capture flora and fauna with reverence."

--Boolist

"A beautiful and informative book that makes a wonderfully effective ples for this magnificent habitat."

--Kirkus Reviews

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Overview

"A wonderous walk through an old-growth forest. . . . Reading Ancient Ones is truly the next best thing to being there."

--School Library Journal, starred review, Best Book

"Beautifully affirms the concept of a cycle of life."

--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Bash's lush paintings . . . capture flora and fauna with reverence."

--Boolist

"A beautiful and informative book that makes a wonderfully effective ples for this magnificent habitat."

--Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bash adds to her Tree Tales series with a remarkable exploration of the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. Scientific information is presented in simple, poetic language that suggests the sounds and sights of the forest (``Bark beetles chew under the bark, engraving delicate galleries where they deposit their eggs''). The design, in which blocks of calligraphy-like text are set against sweeping spreads, permits leisurely wandering through the forest realms, from the bustling byways of a treetop canopy to the teeming waters of a stream. Lush watercolors depict the forest and its denizens, spotted salamanders and golden banana slugs along with the red tree voles and flying squirrels that make their homes in giant Douglas firs. Insets showing insects and fungi (magnification sizes are given) provide windows onto an otherwise hidden world. The gentle ending, in which wildfires and the felling of fir trees allow for the growth of new saplings, beautifully affirms the concept of a cycle of life. Ages 6-10. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
The Ancient Ones tells the tale of an old-growth forest. The illustrations are richly detailed; the animal drawings are lifelike. The accompanying text is succinct yet loaded with information. While the text is primarily for older readers, it also can be enjoyed by younger children as a read-aloud. Some illustrations are actual size, while microscopic flora and fauna are enlarged for readers to explore. The time-line on the inside cover gives a quick summation of the time it takes to grow a forest.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Author/artist Barbara Bash depicts the myriad life forms that gather around giant Douglas firs in the Northwest's shrinking old-growth forests. She moves from the canopy of the Ancient Ones' branches, where moss, lichen, murrelets, hummingbirds, squirrels and others of their ilk traffic, to the termites, millipedes, sowbugs, and microscopic bacteria that turn fallen trees into the earth from which new ones will sprout. As in Ms. Bush's previous works, this is an eloquent argument for the preservation of an endangered species.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-A wondrous walk through an old-growth forest in the Pacific Northwest. As readers enter the cathedral quietness of the Douglas fir-dominated landscape, the unique ecosystem and its varied components are revealed, from the trees themselves, with their peculiar and long life cycle, to the myriad creatures that inhabit the lush environment. Pileated woodpeckers, brown bats, flying squirrels, red tree voles, and, of course, the spotted owl are introduced and placed in context. Delving deeper, the insects and even the microorganisms that are an integral part of this remarkable world are delineated. Children will be drawn into the text by having to search the oversized pictures for the animals and plants being discussed. Deeply toned watercolors reflect the darkness of this shaded but richly alive biome. Their clarity and detail make them supremely suited for the journey described. This book delivers its message in an appended ``Author's Note.'' Bash makes it clear that a forest isn't just a group of trees-it is a well-defined, interdependent system of organisms that relies on a unique set of circumstances to continue to exist. Reading Ancient Ones is truly the next best thing to being there.-Steve Matthews, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578050819
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/4/2002
  • Series: Tree Tales Ser.
  • Edition description: ILLUSTRATE
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Bash, author-illustrator of six award-winning titles for Sierra Club Books for Children, has worked for many years as a calligrapher, illustrator, and teacher of book arts and botanical drawing. She lives in upstate New York.

Barbara Bash, author-illustrator of six award-winning titles for Sierra Club Books for Children, has worked for many years as a calligrapher, illustrator, and teacher of book arts and botanical drawing. She lives in upstate New York.

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Read an Excerpt

Walking into an old-growth forest, you enter a strangely silent world. The eart feels moist and springy underfoot, and the air is thick with the fragrance of decomposing needles. Lichen-covered logs crisscross the forest floor, and moss clings to the towering trunks. At first, it all seems to quiet and still. But after a while, you start to relax--and begin to really look and listen.

High overhead, in the canopy of branches, a bird warbles softly. Out of the corner of your eye, you see a seed (or is is a pine needle?) drift lazily to the cushioned floor. This is the world of the Ancient Ones--silent, enormous, and full of secrets.

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Introduction

In lyrical prose and vividly realized watercolor paintings, acclaimed author-artist Barbara Bash captures the ongoing drama of the old-growth world as she traces the life cycle not only of the Douglas fir, but of the forest itself. Both beautiful and informative, Ancient Ones will inspire reverence and awe in readers of all ages for the last of these majestic giants and the intricate web of life they support.


About the Author:
Barbara Bash, author-illustrator of five award-winning titles for Sierra Club Books, has worked for many years as a calligrapher, illustrator and teacher of book arts and botanical drawings.

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