Forestry A-Z

Forestry A-Z

by Ann Walsh, Kathleen Cook Waldron, Bob Warick

How is plywood made? What are dozer boats? How has forestry changed in the last century? These questions and dozens more are answered in Forestry A-Z, both in the informative and fascinating text and in the beautiful photographs.


How is plywood made? What are dozer boats? How has forestry changed in the last century? These questions and dozens more are answered in Forestry A-Z, both in the informative and fascinating text and in the beautiful photographs.

Editorial Reviews

Tucson Unified School District
"This is a beautifully photographed and designed introduction to forestry...A nice addition to a survey of various careers."
CM Magazine
Quill & Quire
"A worthwhile addition to school and public library non-fiction collections."
Resource Links
"A welcome book for school libraries."
Deakin Newsletter
"Clear, well laid out, offers useful information and has an attractive format."
Canadian Children's Book News
"The authors have approached the business side of trees through an informational alphabet book...The book is a good starting point for a classroom discussion or project, and a good balanced presentation for the young reader who comes to the book on his own."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Sulock
Waldron and Walsh offer readers an alphabet picture book about forestry in a photographic format. They detail how forests work and how people work in forests covering topics such as breakup, corks, erosion, forest fires, insects, kilns, log landing, millwrights, silviculture, timber cruisers, undergrowth, woodlots and yellow cedar—among several others. The writing is solid and easy for older picture book readers to digest, but the alphabet format falls short in two aspects. The organization from topic to topic creates confusing transitions and the ABC format feels forced as the subjects covered are stretched to compose the alphabet. However, the visual presentation makes up for this weak spot as each page uses multiple full-color photographs that show many aspects of forestry, making this work a strong introduction to those unfamiliar with the subject. Though readers will not find an index at the conclusion, they will find Fast Forestry Facts, which offer an alphabetized fact list summarizing or offering more detail about the 26 subjects discussed. Reviewer: Elizabeth Sulock
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

This is a beautifully photographed book about forests, forest fires, lumber, etc. The information is solid and the language is clear. However, the organization is lacking. The alphabet format is a stretch. A is for "All kinds of trees, all kinds of forest...." While the F entry is sensible ("Fire!"), Q is "Quiet [that] settles quickly after quitting time." X, that litmus test for all alphabet books, is clever, representing 2×4s, 26×s, etc. An alphabetized Fast Forestry Facts spread completes the text. Without an index or any organizational strength, this book is of limited use beyond being a lovely introduction to all things concerning forestry.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI

Product Details

Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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In the early days of logging and for many modern forest workers, quitting time means heading back to camp. In camp, crews clean up, eat, get their tools ready for the next day and, perhaps, wash their sweaty socks.

Meet the Author

Bob Warick is a photographer who has been taking pictures all his life. He lives in White Rock, British Columbia.

Ann is a long time Williams Lake, British Columbia resident who has taught both in elementary schools and at the college level. She is the author of seven novels for young readers, most of them set in Barkerville during the gold rush. Her first book, Your Time, My Time was published twenty-two years ago and has been in print continuously since then. As well, Ann is the author of a book of poetry and the editor of three collections of short stories for young people. She also writes for adult readers, and her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies around the world. In Canada her work has been published in Canadian Living, Arts Forum (Ontario) and elsewhere, as well as being heard on CBC radio. Ann serves on the executive of several professional writers' organizations, both in British Columbia and Canada-wide.

Her books have been nominated for major Canadian book prizes and all of them have been selected as "Our Choice" titles by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Ann is a popular workshop presenter at conferences for writers (Grades 5 to Adult) and is in demand as a speaker, both in schools and at literary festivals. She loves traveling, and is willing to gear her presentations to the needs and requests of a particular school or classroom. Her sessions are fast paced and entertaining, as well as informative. As one teacher commented after Ann had visited her school "She made history come alive."

More about Ann can be found at the CWILL BC website,

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Kathleen's primary rural experiences in her childhood were family fishing trips and long evening walks with her dad and their dog on the golf course. After graduating from high school, she completed three years of university, including one year in Madrid, Spain.

Her first full-time rural experience came after she married Mark Waldron. They spent their first year together working for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in the Napa Valley in California helping a group of eighteen families get set up to build their own homes. She and Mark then moved back to Colorado to complete their degrees (BA for Mark, MA for Kathleen) and begin their family.

In the spring of 1975, they set off with their one-year-old son Levi to begin building their own log home off the grid in central British Columbia. They immigrated to Canada the following year, welcomed their daughter Rosy the year after that, and have lived in the Cariboo ever since. They still make frequent city trips where Kathleen enjoys visits to concerts, plays, museums, professional sporting events, and her otherwise all-urban family. Her rural pleasures include swimming in mountain lakes, canoeing, cycling, cross-country skiing, and hiking. The Waldrons became dual Canadian/US citizens in 1991.

Kathleen's work experience includes being a swimming instructor, playground supervisor, lifeguard, waitress, chambermaid, tree planter, house painter, teacher (kindergarten-adult), and of course, writer.

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