Trout Are Made of Trees

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How can a leaf become a fish? Join two young children and their dads to find out, as they observe life in and around a stream.

Energetic collage art and simple, lyrical text depict the ways plants and animals are connected in the food web.

Back matter provides information about the trout life cycle as well as conservation efforts that kids can do themselves.

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Overview

How can a leaf become a fish? Join two young children and their dads to find out, as they observe life in and around a stream.

Energetic collage art and simple, lyrical text depict the ways plants and animals are connected in the food web.

Back matter provides information about the trout life cycle as well as conservation efforts that kids can do themselves.

It's a natural choice for Earth Day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Returning to a familiar subject, Sayre (Trout, Trout, Trout) brings her ichthyological knowledge to bear in this primer on river ecology. "In fall, trees let go of leaves,/ which swirl and twirl/ and slip into streams." Alliterative verse zips to the point as it describes the tiny aquatic creatures that eat the leaves and begin a consumption cycle ("Crane flies, caddisflies,/ shrimp, and stoneflies shred leaves./ Rip and snip!"). Studying this food chain, in Endle's (Bella and the Bunny) interpretation, are a boy and girl camping streamside with their dads. Mixed-media collages in autumnal hues show the pair gathering river samples and putting their large, lemon-shaped faces close to the water's edge. Endle's work is highly detailed and carefully patterned when depicting the fish and water life, but bland and static when she includes the humans. Endnotes discuss the life cycle of trout (the story seems to take a mini-detour for a three-spread overview of the topic). Tips for young environmentalists are also included. Ages 4-7. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Sayre explains how "trout are made of trees" beginning with the leaves that fall off into streams. The cycle continues as bacteria feed on the leaves, and algae grow. Creatures eat these, and are in turn eaten by predators. Then come the trout that eat them, and produce more trout. And then "the people…catch the trout and eat them." The brief, brisk text joins all into the circle of life. Endle's mixed media collages are more complex than the minimal text. Mostly double-page scenes emphasize the flowing streams where the action takes place. The water teems with the shapes of the leaves, rocks, fallen branches, and various life forms. Shades of brown tend to dominate, providing an effective background for the objects while creating a gentle emotional sensibility. The presence of a couple of curious youngsters in a few scenes, cartoon-y with their flat faces and minimal features, is almost an intrusion. The text is supplemented with details on the life cycle of the trout, suggestions for how to be a "stream hero," and a list of resources. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3- A seemingly impossible premise, "Trout are made of trees," is at the heart of this explanation of the life cycle of a trout. A boy and girl, one white, one black, are exploring the stream and its inhabitants with their parents. In clear sentences, young readers follow autumn leaves as they fall from a tree into the water, are softened by algae and eaten by other creatures, which are then consumed by the trout. A more detailed explanation is included at the end of the book. Attractive collage illustrations in natural colors fill the spreads and help to explain the text. This unique introduction to how changes in nature create the food web illustrates how the whole world is interconnected.-Christine Markley, Washington Elementary School, Barto, PA

Kirkus Reviews
An unusual blend of narrative, poetry and science, this is an appealing introduction to the food web. Sayre's lyrical prose describes leaves falling into a stream where, after their surfaces are softened by bacteria and algae, they are eaten by crane flies, shrimp and other "shredders." These shredders are then eaten by unidentified predators, which are in turn eaten by trout. The text goes on to describe briefly the process of trout reproduction and then completes its journey through the food web with the final words: "Trout are made of trees. So are the bears and the people who catch the trout and eat them." Endle's illustrations feature, along with a vibrant natural setting in rich golden tones, two children actively engaged in observing and studying the stream. The illustrations, done in mixed-media collage, are a testament to the fact that wondrous new things can be created out of the pieces of other things, and thus, they reinforce the theme of interconnectedness that is the heart of this offering. (notes on the life cycle of trout and stream conservation, resource list) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580891387
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 383,767
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.61 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of dozens of books, including MEET THE HOWLERS!; TURTLE, TURTLE, WATCH OUT!; and ONE IS A SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    We picked this book up from K's school library. Reading the

    We picked this book up from K's school library.




    Reading the title I was kind of like hmmm what exactly is this book about.
    When I started reading it, it just didn't seem like a book I probably would have started reading to K. As he didn't seem too interested  in the story.  The only thing he liked was the transformation of the trout from eggs to adults. With this book you follow the circle of life pretty much of how leafs are eaten (which was pretty cool) since I didn't know what animals ate the leaves. 
    A good book maybe for the older children as they may get more interested in it being as it seems kind of like science. 

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

    Excellent Environmental Education Stream Story!

    This is a wonderful book to explain the connections of all things aquatic as well as the River Coninuum Concept to younger naturalists. It is basic yet thorough in its explanation of how the stream ecosystem is connected.

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