32 pages; ages 3-8. Dawn Publications, 2017
Waaaay up, high in the world’s tallest trees is an entire world teeming with life. Most people don’t get to see the animals who live in those tall, tall trees – but this book takes you on a field trip into that world.
There are lots of animals up there, living at skyscraper heights: eagles, bats, owls, salamanders. From one to ten, the author introduces us to some of the residents of the redwood tree.
What I like about this book: There are “hidden” animals on each page. For example, when our attention is directed to the slimy banana slugs, will we see the other animal up there in the tree? There’s even a “find the hidden animals” challenge in the back matter – Yes! there is back matter! There is also additional information about the redwoods and some STEAM activities in the back matter.
160 pages; ages 8-12. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2017
This is a tree-mendous field guide, perfect for tree-huggers of any age. Introductory pages include “what is a tree?” and give a quick lesson on how to get to know leaves – as well as a warning about poison ivy so you don’t accidentally pick any of those leaves for your collection. There are plenty of tree entries, each with a photo of the entire tree and close-up of leaf or needle, flowers, nuts, cones, or fruit. In addition to general information there are some fun facts.
Every so often there’s a special feature that gives you a closer look at trees growth patters, flowers, seeds, or some other cool thing. One thing I wish they had included: photos of bark for each tree described – for those of us who go out tree-watching in winter.
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