The Tree in the Ancient Forestby Carol Reed-Jones
The remarkable web of plants and animals living around a single old fir tree takes on a life of its own in this stunningly illustrated story. Carol Reed-Jones' repetitive, cumulative versea poetic technique that children universally enjoyaptly portrays the amazing ways in which the inhabitants of the forest depend upon one another for survival.… See more details below
The remarkable web of plants and animals living around a single old fir tree takes on a life of its own in this stunningly illustrated story. Carol Reed-Jones' repetitive, cumulative versea poetic technique that children universally enjoyaptly portrays the amazing ways in which the inhabitants of the forest depend upon one another for survival. Christopher Canyon's memorable full-color paintings manage to be both magical and true to life. Complete with a guide to the forest creatures and their interrelationships, this book is a valuable learning tool as well as fun for kids.
Author Biography: Carol Reed-Jones lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, son, dog, and cat. She enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, and watching Douglas squirrels from her living room window. She strongly believes in living in ways that preserve the earth and all life. In addition to her writing, Carol teaches music, directs an early music vocal group, and is completing her Master's thesis in music history. The Tree in the Ancient Forest is Carol's first book with Dawn Publications.
Author Biography (illustrator): Christopher Canyon is the illustrator of four books for children. When he isn't in his studio, Christopher enjoys traveling and providing educational and entertaining programs for schools, libraries, and conferences. Christopher received his formal art education at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. His work as been selected for many exhibits and publications including the Society of Illustrators, the Mazza Collection at the university of Findlay, Ohio, and the Natural History magazine. Two of his books for Dawn Publications, The Tree in the Ancient Forest and Stickeen, have won the Ben Franklin Award for best children's picture book of the year. Chistopher is also the illustrator of Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You and Earth and You - A Closer View. Christopher lives with his wife and cat in central Ohio.
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The simplicity and repetition make this a story just right for read aloud time. The beautiful illustrations are sure to add to enjoyment.
Okay, the wonderful illustrations tell a story that kids will certainly enjoy, but as an adult, you might find yourself, as I did, feeling deeply about the story itself. Presented in a 'House that Jack Built' format with each page building upon the last, the story starts and ends with a giant Douglas Fir tree in a Pacific Northwest Rain Forest. The story builds, showing the interdependance of the entire eco-system. Look a little deeper and you see that we all are dependant on eachother for our day-to-day survival. World-Wide, we are all part of the same 'eco-system'. So, grow where you're planted. Others are depending on you. You are an integral part of the Great Circle.