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Tell Me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids

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Featuring a special section on how children can make a tree identification book of their own, this title is a bright and colorful introduction to trees, leaves, and their inner workings in nature. Full color.

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Overview

Featuring a special section on how children can make a tree identification book of their own, this title is a bright and colorful introduction to trees, leaves, and their inner workings in nature. Full color.

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Children's Literature
As a first book about trees, this works on several levels. Gibbons defines a tree; explains a tree's workings using such terms as sapwood, cambium, phloem, and heartwood; diagrams growth; portrays various seed pods and shapes; differentiates conifers from broadleaf trees; and presents about twenty identification portraits by tree shape, leaf, and bark. Trees within the text are always labeled as to kind, and are enlarged on in the identification section that follows. End matter includes directions for making rubbings of leaves and bark, and of course, the author's usual addition of about a dozen other interesting facts in a short bulleted and illustrated list. The book presents a lot of information succinctly and the tree identification section includes trees from around the country, making this partly useful to tree-watchers but necessarily sending them to other field books for more options. Artwork is precisely rendered and the content well focused, making this a useful book for both the family resource shelf and the library's nonfiction collection. 2002, Little Brown,
— Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This inviting, oversized book lives up to its subtitle. The large watercolor pictures, peopled by children of various ethnic backgrounds, make it a perfect book for classroom sharing. Gibbons discusses the parts of the tree and their functions, types of fruits and seeds, kinds of bark, and uses for trees. She includes a discussion of photosynthesis and gives directions for students to make their own tree identification books. Relevant terms are highlighted in the text and identified in the illustrations. It's a good book to team with Diane Burns's Trees, Leaves, and Bark (NorthWord, 1995; o.p.) and Arthur Dorros's A Tree Is Growing (Scholastic, 1997).-Jean Lowery, Bishop Woods Elementary School, New Haven, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A very fine introduction to trees for beginning and challenged readers. Gibbons, in her usual careful manner, discusses tree seeds and tree parts, including stems, bark, roots, and leaves. Each two- or three-page topic is begun "Tell Me, Tree . . ." setting up the idea that the budding scientist can learn from examining the tree itself. She provides labeled diagrams of the inside and outside of trees and explains specialized terms such as cambium, phloem, sapwood, heartwood, chlorophyll, and photosynthesis. Her trademark pen-and-watercolor drawings appear on every page, complementing and extending the text. A dozen trees are included in the "Identifying Trees" section showing leaves, bark, and the full tree outline—a terrific tool for adults, too. She concludes with directions for collecting and pressing leaves and making bark rubbings and a page of interesting facts. This is such a natural subject for Gibbons, it's a wonder she hasn't done it before. Sure to please. (Nonfiction. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316309035
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 92,018
  • Age range: 1 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has written and illustrated more than one hundred informational books for children. A talented writer who turns fact into entertainment, she has traveled across the country to research topics as diverse as deep-sea submersibles, the Old West, and more. Gail Gibbons divides her time between a cottage on Matinicus Island off the coast of Maine and a farmhouse in Vermont surrounded by sugar maple trees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Gail Gibbons is one of the foremost authors of science books for young children. Her pictures and text are clear, engaging, and full of information. This is an excellent read aloud for young children who are naturally fascinated by the trees that surround them. By third grade, many children can read this alone.

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