Saturday, September 10, 2011

What My Child Is Reading – Books about Trees

As always Anna read a variety of books this week, but I want to try something different and limit my reviews to one “theme” if I can. We do usually have a theme going and now we are trying to tie it to something she is learning in school. In science they were learning more about trees, so I am going to highlight our favorite tree books that we found this week.

The Big TreeThe Big Tree by Bruce Hiscock was an accidental library find. It is a nice cross between a fiction book and a non-fiction book, and Anna picked up on it by exclaiming in the middle of the story, It’s the science book and a story book and a history book too. The book does weave different historic events into the story of an old maple tree, and it also includes a lot of scientific facts about the trees in general and maple trees in particular. The story is long, so I would say 5+ is a reasonable age for it.

The Great Kapok Tree

Now let’s travel from New York to the Amazon Rainforest and read a gorgeously illustrated book by Lynne Cherry – The Great Kapok Tree. This is a fiction book, where various animals and a native child explains why their tree has to be spared by a logger who came to chop it up. Anna said that the book is sad, and I agree with her. It is sad that Amazon Rainforest is in danger, and it also means that all of us are endangered as well.

Flowers and Trees

We have Flowers and Trees from Child’s First Library of Learning set in our home library, so we looked up some questions about trees that Anna found interesting, such as How Do Leaves Change Color? and How Big Do Trees Grow? Anna was excited to learn that she has already seen the tallest trees in the world – we are lucky to live so close to them. We do like all the books from this series even though the order of the questions makes very little sense. It probably makes a lot of sense to my 4 year old though :)

Our Family Tree

I can’t resist to include Our Family Tree in the list of our tree books of the week. It has nothing (or very little) to do with trees. Since we are evolutionists, I was on lookout for a while for a good “introduction to evolution” books for children. Our Family Tree comes pretty close to what I was looking for, but it kind of fails to communicate the span of time it took to transform single cell organisms into human beings. It does have a timeline and some more details in the back of the book for older kids, so overall I do recommend this book for evolution-minded families.

11 comments:

MaryAnne said...

Very nice assortment of books! I'm intrigued by the illustration on the cover of "The Great Kapok Tree"

Julie said...

We read The Great Kapok Tree last year and liked it. I'm definitely going to look into Our Family Tree. What age would you say it's good for? Did it hold Anna's attention okay?

Ticia said...

The first one sounds intriguing, we just read a book that was multi-generational and it was fascinating.

Joyful Learner said...

We have The Great Kapok Tree. I love the theme idea. It makes it easier if we are doing a search. I wish I had the time to post more but I'm busy just logging all the books K is reading, let alone blogging about them!

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

Great selection of books! I am going to look for Our Family Tree.

Jackie H. said...

Sounds like a theme my boys would love. Tyson only has about 10 words and one of them is "tree" ;)

Debbie said...

Great selection of books. I will have to see if we can get a hold of some of these from our library.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I'm always a bit sad when I miss linking up... There's another book, The Tree by Karen Grey Ruelle, which I listed at Storied Cities. It sounds a lot like The Big Tree, however.

kewkew said...

We read The Great Kapok Tree when we did the letter J (jungle/rainforest). I just loved that book. The illustrations are gorgeous. And the message is so important.

Cortney said...

We love the Great Kapok Tree! It's one of all time favorites. And The Big Tree looks great. We love books that weave all those things together—history, science, fiction. I just put in a request for it at our library and I can't wait for it to come in. Fall is a fun time to do trees!

hey said...

Love your tree books. I'm very interested in The Family Tree Book. Thanks for the recommendation.

Another one that would fit in nicely is Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Trees are just lovely to study!

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