Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Treesby Jim Arnosky
Jim Crinkleroot invites youngsters to come along as he walks through hard- and softwood forests. How do you tell the difference? Crinkleroot knows: it's the light and the air. His charts show the leaves, stems, and seeds that help young readers identify trees. Full color.
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The illustrations get major brownie points! My fourth grader took the book on a walk to figure out what types of trees we had locally. But the book is not just a dry re-telling of facts. There's a lovely paragraph on what it feels like in an evergreen forest versus a broad-leaf forest. I thne used that as a base for writing a descriptive paragraph about my child's ealk in the woods. And it was amusing to see that the 16 yr old was leafing through the book later... and checking out a tamarack to see if it really had scales! HIghly recommended!