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  Adventures in the Amazon Rain Forest

by Susan E. Goodman

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Through the perspective of a group of 7th and 8th graders from Michigan, "Adventures in the Amazon Rain Forest" takes readers into the Peruvian Amazon where the students explore the vast diversity of the rain forest and its inhabitants as well as learn the "basics" of living in this exotic environment. Color photographs capture the students during their field trip as they venture through the Amazon on canoes, climb to the canopy to contrast life forms to those of the forest floor, and discover uses of the wealth of resources such as medicinal plants. They interact with Peruvian schoolchildren through sports and music as well as learn the skills of trading with members of one native Amazonian tribe, the Yagua. While discovering the importance of saving the rainforests, they also are exposed to the complexity of preserving this endangered ecosystem in light of the economic pressures on local people to sustain themselves.

The hardback version is called "Bats, Bugs, and Biodiversity: Adventures in the Amazonian Rain Forest."

        Grades: 3rd to 7th

  Amazon Alphabet

by Martin and Tanis Jordan

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Various Classes

Richly illustrated full-page and double-page images of animals introduce young children both to the letters of the alphabet and the inhabitants of the Amazon. From "Aa is for Agouti eating Brazil nuts", to an Amazon River Dolphin, a harpy Eagle, a tree Frog, a green Iguana, a hyacinth Macaw, an Ocelot, a red-bellied Piranha, a Sloth, an Umbrella bird, to "Zz is for Zorro hidden in the tree" -- the wide and unusual array of different species show the beauty and diversity of the rain forest. A pronunciation guide with extended information about each animal is provided following the text.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Ancient Ones: The World of the Old-Growth Douglas Fir

by Barbara Bash

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

"To read this book is to take an intimate walk through the old-growth world of the Pacific Northwest United States. At the heart of this world is the mighty Douglas fir tree, one of the largest living things on earth. . . . Bash begins this journey in the uppermost branches where murrelets nest and red voles spend their entire lives. Other creatures are here, too -- flying squirrels and spotted owls. The text and illustrations of this book provide a detailed and impressive story of the life cycle of a tree but they go far beyond that. They also show the interdependence of many other living things. . . . The book then shows us how death and decay bring forth new life, not just in the forest itself but in the streams where salmon spawn. . . . At the end of the book, the author describes her own journey in the making of this book and then makes a plea to her young readers for preserving the ancient forests." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (March/April 1996) published by CCEL.

      Grades: 1st to 5th

  Antonio's Rain Forest

by Anna Lewington

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Venturing deep into the Amazon Rain Forest of western Brazil to the Alto Jurua Extractive Reserve, "Antonio's Rain Forest" presents the life of a local family working as rubber tappers, or seringueiros, and their role in protecting the endangered rain forest. Through the first person narrative of eight-year old Antonio, readers explore the daily life of his family, the local inhabitants and the environment of the rain forest. Complemented by vivid photographs, the narrative also follows Antonio with his relatives along the forest trail where they collect the sap from wild rubber trees and later prepare the latex. Regional maps and insets describe the history of rubber use over the years, the modifications of natural rubber such as vulcanization and the repercussions of the expansion of rubber manufacture abroad. This book also touches upon the social and economic factors that have influenced the survival of the seringueiros -- the formation of a government protected "extractive reserve" and the organization of a cooperative by local workers, both serving to protect the people from exploitation and also helping to preserve the endangered rainforests.

      Grades: 3rd to 6th

  Are Trees Alive?

by Debbie S. Miller

HARDCOVER
Flora : Trees & Forests
Multicultural 

Drawing basic comparisons between the structure of trees and humans, Are Trees Alive? describes these living plants, how they exist, grow, draw nutrients and provide habitats for other creatures. The double-page acrylic and gouache illustrations span the fascinating variety of trees found throughout the world depicted with their respective cultures -- the exotic baobab, ribbon gum, coconut, cocoa, kapok and banyan trees as well as the more familiar maple, redwood, pine, birch and aspen of North America. A picture glossary of the trees, including their dependent animals, provides interesting historical and scientific information.

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Be A Friend To Trees

by Patricia Lauber

PAPERBACK
Flora : Trees & Forests

Be A Friend To Trees is a lucid and informative introduction with colored, labeled illustrations for young readers to trees, their structure, and the role of photosynthesis as well as our dependence upon trees. Lauber points out the importance of trees, not only as a natural resource for paper and wood items, but also as conservers of soil and as a fundamental source of oxygen, food and shelter for animals. Children are provided suggestions how to be a friend to trees by recycling, conserving and planting trees.

      Grades: 1st to 3rd

  Birches

by Robert Frost

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature

Noted American Robert Frost's poem, Birches -- of birches bent by an icy storm, of an adult's reminiscence of childhood in looking at the branches reaching toward the heavens and of a young boy, a swinger of birches -- is complemented by the exquisite, earth-tone watercolors by Caldecott winner, Ed Young.

        Grades: 2nd & up

  The Dragon and the Unicorn

by Lynne Cherry

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Extinction & Conservation

Children will be enthralled by this enchanting tale which takes place in a fantastic, beautifully illustrated medieval setting about a unicorn and dragon who befriend a king's daughter and plead that their forest be conserved.

"Lynne Cherry's inspiring use of the mythical dragon and unicorn, symbols of antiquity, help give young readers a perspective of the age of these old-growth forests. . . . When reading this magical book, the reader can't help but notice the author's use of borders to enhance and enrich the story. These intricate and detailed paintings provide portraits of the many creatures and plants that rely on the forests for their sustenance. . . . The Dragon and the Unicorn is in the grandest tradition of fairy and folklore." Excerpt of review in Nature's Course (March/April 1996) published by CCEL.

        Grades: 1st to 5th

  Fernando's Gift

by Douglas Keister

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Presented in a bilingual format of English and Spanish text alongside numerous color photos, Fernando’s Gift explores the daily life of a family living in the tropical rain forest of central Costa Rica. Fernando Vanegas lives with his family in a tin-roofed house deep in an old-growth rain forest where at night the sound of the rain on the roof sings him to sleep. Everyday he experiences the treasures of the rain forest -- he can pick bananas from the trees, search for parrots and squirrel monkeys, listen to howler monkeys, fish for trout, swim in the nearby river and with his school friend Carmina climb trees. After Fernando and Carmina discover that someone has cut down Carmina’s favorite tree, a cristobal, Fernando’s father, who works to preserve the rain forest, explains that not all people value the treasures of the forest. Together the children plant another cristobal tree in a safe, secret spot near a waterfall to watch it grow tall and strong.

See also: Sneed B. Collard III's, The Forest in the Clouds, that presents the unique fauna and flora of a cloud forest in the mountains of Costa Rica.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Fire!

by Celia Godkin

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Focusing on the natural role of fire in the renewal of a forest, Godkin’s picture book follows the life cycle of a boreal forest from its devastation by fire to its gradual renewal as a thriving ecosystem. In the aftermath of a huge blaze, as seeds germinate on the charred timbers, small creatures that survived in their burrows emerge to feed on the shoots. During the following weeks grasses, wildflowers and saplings soon form a lush carpet of growth. Over the years, as the larger species return, the healthy ecosystem of the forest is gradually reestablished. Godkin notes that "though we must protect people and their homes from forest fires, we need not be concerned about the effect of fires on the forests themselves" since natural fires play a key role in maintaining a forest ecosystem healthy. The "Author’s Note" also includes a listing of websites for further exploration of the topic of forest fires.

See also: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's, Fire: Friend or Foe, and
Sneed B. Collard's The Prairie Builders

      Grades: 1st to 3rd

  Flute's Journey

by Lynne Cherry

HARDCOVER
Animals : Birds
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

"Open this book and follow Flute the wood thrush from the day he emerges from his turquoise egg until he becomes a mature adult bird. Travel south with Flute across North America, to High Island in Texas, then across the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula and his winter home in Costa Rica. Then follow him back to Maryland in the spring. Guided by Ms. Cherry's skillful text and lush, detailed paintings, youngsters will experience first hand a wood thrush's life -- what foods they eat, how they defend their territory, how they raise their young, their miraculous migration, and the hazards they face, such as hawks, cats, toxic chemicals and habitat loss." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (January/February 1997) published by CCEL.


See also:
Melissa Stewart's A Place for Birds
Nancy Carol Willis' Red Knot: A Shorebird's Incredible Journey
Carol Lerner's On the Wing: American Birds in Migration
Mary Lyn Ray's Welcome, Brown Bird

To learn more, visit:
The Smithsonian National Zoo's Migratory Bird Center
Journey North's Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change

To learn about how kids helped save Belt Woods, visit Lynne Cherry's website.

      Grades: 1st to 5th

  Forest Adventures with Bruni the Bear

by Reese Halter

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

While searching for honey in the forest, Bruni the Bear encounters some of his friends, a bird, a moose, a beaver, a squirrel and a honeybee, who explain to him what they know about trees. Written by conservation biologist Reese Halter, this colorful illustrated book introduces young children to: basic types of trees; trunks, roots and bark; how trees make food and oxygen; and, the role of conifer cones and broadleaf flowers. The story context creates a fun-filled journey of exploration of trees and forests for young kids.

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Forest Child

by Marni McGee

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature

Beautiful detailed color paintings by Banfill create a mysterious woodland setting into which a child has wandered. Having freed a rabbit from a hunting trap, the boy finds that the animals that were warily cautious of his presence now protect and tend to him. This imaginative tale will entrance young readers and provide a visual feast to be explored of the woodland setting and the animal inhabitants.

        Grades: Pre-School to 2nd

  Fun With Nature

by Mel Boring, Diane L. Burns and Leslie Dendy

HARDCOVER
Field Guides & Activity Books
Animals  : Various Classes

As an informative and educational "Take-Along Guide" for young naturalists, this illustrated handbook comprises 6 sections, each of which is also published separately: Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies; Snakes, Salamanders and Lizards; Frogs, Toads and Turtles; Rabbits, Squirrels and Chipmunks; Tracks, Scats and Signs; and, Trees, Leaves and Bark. The animals of the first four sections are each illustrated in color and described by What it Looks Like, What it Eats and Where to Find It. The section of tracks, scats and signs, organized by forest, field and pond, examines the clues to identifying animals found each habitat. Young naturalists can also identify trees using detailed illustrations and descriptions of leaves, bark and seeds. A variety of activities are also included such as making "stained glass" animals, turtle and rabbit paperweights, frog puzzles, a leaf mobile, squirrel nut-balls and pinecone snackbars for birds, chipmunk swimming pools and a rabbit refuge. This books provides children hours of discovery and fun in nature.

See also:
More Fun with Nature. Chapters include "Berries, Nuts and Seeds", "Birds, Nests and Eggs", "Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads", "Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars", and "Wildflowers, Blooms and Blossoms".

See also, published separately:
Mel Boring's Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies
Diane Burns' Snakes, Salamanders and Lizards
Diane Burns' Frogs, Toads and Turtles
Mel Boring's Rabbits, Squirrels and Chipmunks
Leslie Dendy's Tracks, Scats and Signs
Diane Burns' Trees, Leaves and Bark
Diane Burns' Wildflowers, Blooms & Blossoms
Diane Burns' Berries, Nuts, And Seeds
Mel Boring's Birds, Nests & Eggs
Christiane Kunp Tibbitts' Seashells, Crabs & Sea Stars
Mel Boring's Flamingos, Loons & Pelicans
Laura Evert 's Planets, Moons and Stars
Laura Evert 's Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads

        Grades: 3rd & up

  Garden of the Spirit Bear

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

The Great Bear Rainforest, an area of temperate rain forest located in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, provides the habitat for a unique type of black bear found exclusively in this region known as the Kermode or Spirit Bear. This old-growth forest is also home to other rare and endangered species. Writer and scientist, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, explores the delicate ecosystem of this old-growth forest, its flora and fauna from the canopy to the forest floor, the unique traits of the Kermode, the importance of the old trees of this region, the key role of salmon as well as the Native peoples' relationship to the Spirit Bear. Hinshaw also points out the negative effects of the clear-cutting of forests and threats posed by logging to the remaining old-growth forests. Stunning, detailed watercolors by Deborah Milton illustrate the beauty of this fragile ecosystem, the magnificent and vanishing habitat of the Spirit Bear.

For more information, visit: Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Pacific Wild

      Grades: 3rd to 5th

  The Gift of the Tree

by Alvin Tresselt

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

"A story about the decomposition of a tree and the new life that springs forth from its remains. Captivating paintings draw the reader into the cycle of life in the natural world, illustrating how 'what comes around goes around' in nature too." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  The Great Kapok Tree

by Lynne Cherry

HARDCOVER
Flora : Trees & Forests
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

"The animals who inhabit a certain rainforest tree beg a man with an ax to leave their tree standing. They take turns explaining how the tree provides for some aspect of their respective livelihoods. Eventually, the man begins to notice the beauty of the rainforest and its creatures, so he is persuaded to spare the tree. Brilliant watercolors depict the rainforest landscape and the animals who are affected by its desecration." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

Reviewed in Nature's Course (November/December 1993 & Winter 1997-1998 issues) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  The Happiness Tree

by Andrea Alban Gosline

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

"Everything good begins with me, " starts the verse by the acorn to the mother oak tree. The Happiness Tree celebrates the beauty and simple gifts of trees assigning attributes such as hope, courage, love and compassion to ten different North American trees. Complemented by lyrical text and imagery, this is an imaginative and inspirational book to protect and care for one of Earth’s most precious resources and to value the natural world. After the end of the verse, each of the ten species of trees is identified by its attribute and described with interesting, factual information. An index of the fifty state trees is also included as well as a note to "Plant a Happiness Tree on Arbor Day".

The attributes and trees in this book are:
Hope – White Oak
Love – Yellow Poplar
Courage – White Pine
Gratitude – Sugar Maple
Peace – Flowering Dogwood
Compassion – American Elm
Tolerance – Blue Spruce
Generosity – Southern Magnolia
Honesty – Paper Birch
Happiness – Redwood

Printed on Recycled Paper (50% post-consumer waste) -- to save trees.

For more information about Arbor Day, visit:
National Arbor Day Foundation.

See also:
Patricia Lauber's, Be a Friend to Trees
Diane Iverson's, My Favorite Tree
Dana Lyon's, The Tree
Alvin Tresselt's, The Gift of the Tree

      Grades: All

  Here is the Tropical Rain Forest

by Madeleine Dunphy

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Narrating in a cumulative, rhythmic format, Dunphy presents the interdependence of animals and plants of the Central and South American rain forests. In the lush and wet world of the tropical forest, where a frog is sheltered by the bromeliad hanging from a tree, monkeys flee an eagle hunting a sloth that hangs from the tree, and a jaguar stalks peccaries eating figs dropped by the monkeys. Exquisite, double-spread paintings that complement the text capture the rich diversity and interrelatedness of life as well as the unique environment of this endangered ecosystem.

See also:
Madeleine Dunphy's Here is the Wetland

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  How Monkeys Make Chocolate

by Adrian Forsyth

PAPERBACK
Naturalists & Their Work
Habitats & Ecosystems 

"In this book Adrian Forsyth takes us to many of the world's rain forests and explores how their animals and people use the forest every day for food and for medicine. " Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (Spring 1998) published by CCEL.

        Grades: 3rd to 6th

  How the Forest Grew

by William Jaspersohn

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Over a period of two hundred years an abandoned open farm field gradually transforms through successive stages into a dense hardwood forest. As Jaspersohn explains, although he writes about a hardwood forest in Massachusetts, this book could be about many other forests since they pass through similar stages of growth. Tracing the succession of various species of plants and trees, the author also presents the parallel changes of animals and other life forms on the forest floor that inhabit the various stages of growth. Eckart's numerous delicate black and white drawings beautifully capture imagery of the life forms that abound in the forest and illustrate the gradual transformations of this hardwood forest in Massachusetts over time.

        Grades: 3rd & up

  In the Forest (Wild Wonder Series)

by Ann Cooper

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems

The diversity and range of the forest environment and its inhabitants -- deer, opossum, mice, bats, birds, owls, salamanders, bobcats and cottontails -- are explored through intriguing stories about the behavior, interactions and habitat of a forest animal that will captivate children. "Facts" section of interesting information about the animal complements each story.

      Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  In the Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree

by Barbara Bash

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

"In this luminous book, Barbara Bash takes the reader on a daylong visit into the world of one of India's sacred banyan trees. The striking authenticity of every image makes it apparent that Bash traveled to India to research this book. On each beautiful page we can see the banyan as a place for villagers to worship, for egrets to nest, for craftsmen to barter, for birds to converse, for children to play, for owls to sleep and so on through the day and into the night, until early the next morning it becomes a place for a mongoose to watch the approaching dawn. Young readers will discover that the tree is not only an ecosystem for the birds and mammals that reside there, but also an integral part of the broader community, which includes the human inhabitants of the village." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (March/April 1997) published by CCEL.

A creation story, adapted from an Indian folktale, opens the book and recounts how the banyan tree began to grow in the heart of the village to give shade to the people.

      Grades: 1st to 5th

  Isabel's House of Butterflies

by Tony Johnston

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Eight year old Isabel lives in Michoacan, a mountainous area of Mexico where 300 square miles form a natural sanctuary for monarch butterflies. Every autumn thousands and thousands of monarch butterflies migrating from the North flock to winter in the oyamel tree outside of Isabel’s window in La Casa de las mariposas -- The House of Butterflies. Isabel and her family, the neighbors and tourists marvel at the miracle of migration and the beauty of these fluttering visitors as the sky becomes orange with wings and the dusty paths change transform into orange rivers. Over the years, Isabel’s family has managed to find subsistence, but a continuing drought over the summer and autumn brings a meager harvest of corn and beans. Due to logging, many of the oyamel trees of the surrounding area are already disappearing from the forests. To Isabel’s dismay her father reluctantly considers chopping their tree to support the family. With hope and determination Isabel manages to find a solution to save and share the beauty of La Casa de las mariposas. The framed, colorful, textured paintings of this Sierra Club picture book depicting the daily life of the family, the wondrous beauty of the overwintering monarchs and the surrounding natural landscape offer a brief glimpse into the life of a young girl in rural Mexico and the complex issues of poverty, sustainability and conservation.

See also:

Kathryn Lasky’s Monarchs
Laurence Pringle's An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly
Bruce Coville's The Prince of Butterflies
Connie Muther’s My Monarch Journal -- an outstanding guide to raising monarchs that also includes a section for parents and teachers.

For more information, visit:
Journey North – a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change, including monarch butterflies.
Monarch Watch of the University of Kansas
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Monarch Lab for monarchs in the classroom.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Jaguar in the Rain Forest

by Joanne Ryder

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Mammals

The imaginative transformation of a boy into a jaguar invites the reader to explore the lifestyle and habitat of this animal -- climbing through the forest trees, observing the movements of other animals in the canopy, hunting stealthily on the forest floor at night and experiencing the vivid sounds and sights of the rain forest habitat. Close-up and expansive views of the jaguar's movements in the paintings, showing the dense foliage and inhabitants of the setting that was inspired by the tropical rain forests of French Guiana, enhance this fascinating excursion into the rain forest habitat.

      Grades: 1st to 3rd

  Journey Through the Northern Rain Forest

by Karen Pandell

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Through the eyes of a bald eagle, the reader explores the disappearing world of the North American coastal temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Stunning photographs show the rich diversity of life that abounds in the few remaining areas of this pristine cathedral-like habitat and the intricate interdependence of the web of life in this ecosystem -- the hanging gardens of moss and lichens, the spawning salmon in its streams, and the diverse flora and fauna that abound in the old-growth trees and snags as well as in the moss carpet of the forest floor. Rainfall and weather patterns as well as natural water management are also clearly explained as they relate to this unique ecosystem. Small insets to the photographs present the bald eagle's perspective of the illustrated scenarios, pointing out the interrelatedness of life to this habitat. Dedicating this book to the preservation of the vanishing rainforests, Pandell also describes the ravages inflicted on this intricate habitat as a result of clear-cut logging.

      Grades: 3rd to 6th

  The Living Rain Forest

by Paul Kratter

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Various Classes

The twenty-six animals of this alphabet book offer a fascinating glimpse of the millions of species inhabiting tropical rain forests. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects found in these habitats that "cover only six percent of the earth’s land yet contain over half its animal and plant species," are pictured in beautiful, detailed close-up images. Amazon River Dolphins, Morpho Butterflies, Parsons’ Chameleons, Leaf Katydids, Three-toed Sloths and Mountain Gorillas are several of the amazing creatures included from the five continents where tropical rain forests are located. Brief descriptions that cite unique adaptations of each animal to its habitat complement the illustrations of these animals whose habitats are threatened by global warming, deforestation and overhunting.

For more information visit:
Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Alliance

See also:
Kristin Joy Pratt's A Walk in the Rainforest,
Lynne Cherry's The Great Kapok Tree,
Madeleine Dunphy's Here is the Tropical Rain Forest, and
Rebecca Johnson's A Walk in the Rain Forest

        Grades: Preschool to 5th

  A Log's Life

by Wendy Pfeffer

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Images of colorful, three-dimensional, cut-paper collages illustrate this fascinating book which takes children on a journey through the life cycle of a tree. After a large oak tree that is the habitat for animals is felled by lightning, seasonal variations over the years witness the coming and going of a variety of creatures that inhabit and feed off the log. Eventually, the rich soil of the decomposed log nourishes an acorn which starts over the life cycle of a new oak tree.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  The Man Who Planted Trees

by Jean Giono

HARDCOVER
Flora : Trees & Forests
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

This poetic, moving tale set in southern France describes a man who daily planted acorns in a desolate area of Provence and over time transformed the land into a magnificent oak forest. Taking place before and after the two world wars, this sublime tale of reforestation, complemented by beautiful woodcut engravings, will inspire both children and adults.

Recommended in Nature's Course (March/April 1993) published by CCEL.

      Grades: 6th and up

  Maple Moon

by Connie Brummel Crook

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Multicultural 

Connie Cook borrowed elements from Native American folk tales to create an enchanting story about the discovery of maple syrup by a Native American boy and the tradition of the weeks of the sap run, the Maple Moon. A young Missisauga boy, mockingly called "Limping Leg" by some children because of his injured limb, wanders off to be alone in the woods. There he observes a squirrel drinking the "sweet water" of a maple tree. Patiently, the boy learns to obtain sap from the maple. In showing his elders his discovery of the "sweet water", he saves his people from starvation and earns their respect.

See also: Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, a picture book about the life cycle of a sugar maple tree.

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  The Most Beautiful Roof in the World

by Kathryn Lasky

HARDCOVER
Naturalists & Their Work
Habitats & Ecosystems 

"High above the shadowy rainforest floor, scientist Meg Lowman and her young sons climb through the brilliant and vivid world of the rain forest canopy -- a timeless world, home to thousands of plants, a world that until recently humans could only dream of. . . . (It) shows how an ethnobotanist would climb into the forest canopy, collect plant specimens and tag, label, preserve and catalogue them." Excerpt of review in Nature's Course (Spring 1998) published by CCEL.

        Grades: 3rd to 7th

  My Favorite Tree

by Diane Iverson

PAPERBACK
Flora : Trees & Forests
Field Guides & Activity Books 

My Favorite Tree is an informative children’s guide to the variety of trees that are native to Canada, Mexico or the United States. The trees were chosen by author and illustrator Diane Iverson for their varied habitats, geographic areas and their role in the balance of nature. Each tree has a full-page illustration of children enjoying their favorite tree, while the facing page contains interesting factual information about the tree’s habitat and map, its physical characteristics, its uses by wildlife as well as its traditional and historical importance to Natives and Colonists. Besides a glossary and information about organizations protecting trees, the 27 trees described in this guide are: Green Ash, Quaking Aspen, Paper Birch, Eastern Red Cedar, Black Cherry, Fremont Cottonwood, Flowering Dogwood, American Elm, American Holly, Honeylocust, Joshua Tree, Southern Magnolia, Sugar Maple, Bur Oak, Gambel Oak, ‘Ohi’a Lehua (Hawaiian), Cabbage Palmetto, Common Persimmon, Ponderosa Pine, Eastern Redbud, Coast Redwood, Giant Saguaro, White Spruce, Sweet Gum, American Sycamore, Black Walnut and Pacific Yew.

      Grades: 1st to 6th

  National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Trees

by Brian Cassie and Marjorie Burns

PAPERBACK
Flora : Trees & Forests
Field Guides & Activity Books 

This excellent guide to the trees of North America includes vivid photographs of species found in the United States and Canada as well as clear, basic explanations of tree anatomy and photosynthesis.

        Grades: 3rd & Up

  Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests

by Gail Gibbons

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

This lucid, factual introduction for young children to the rain forest ecosystem includes labeled illustrations of the flora and fauna of the various layers as well as a discussion of the importance of the preservation of these habitats.

        Grades: 2nd & Up

  Once There Was A Tree

by Natalia Romanova

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Originally published in Moscow in 1983, this delicately illustrated picture book shows the life that continues in and around a tree stump once an old tree, split by lighting, is felled to the ground. Describing the variety of creatures, namely ants, beetles, bears, birds and people, that all use the tree stump as a home, a source of food as well as a resting place, the simple and direct prose shows the interconnectedness of nature and poses a question to whom a tree belongs -- "The tree belongs to all, because it grows from the earth that is home for all."

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  One Small Place in a Tree

by Barbara Brenner

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Over time a small scratch made by a bear grows as a hole deeper into the trunk of a tree. Yet as the hole weakens the oak, it serves as a home to beetles, fungi, squirrels, snakes, salamanders, frogs and birds. Even after bacteria spreads and the tree dies, the hollow in the dead trunk continues to be used over many years by woodland animals for shelter. Vivid, detailed illustrations draw readers into this one small place in an oak, a hidden world teeming with wondrous life.

      Grades: 2nd to 4th

  Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai

by Claire A. Nivola

HARDCOVER
Naturalists & Their Work
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

This is an inspiring picture-book biography of a remarkable woman, Wangari Maathai, who is the founder of the Green Belt Movement and 2004 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. In her native Kenya and throughout the world she has taught many people to plant trees and care for the Earth. The lyrical prose and watercolor illustrations follow Maathai from her childhood when she observed the bountiful landscape of Kenya, through her college years in Kansas where she studied biology, to her return to a transformed homeland where she found the people malnourished and the land cleared of trees, ruined by commercial farming and threatened by desertification. Maathai's relentless courage and determination led to the planting of millions of tress, the restoration and renewal of the land and its people as well as the flourishing of small farms in her native Kenya.

Printed on Recycled Paper.

To learn more, visit: The Green Belt Movement

Join Wangari Maathai in Plant for the Planet Campaign to plant at least one billion trees worldwide each year.

See also:
Jeanette Winter's Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa to learn more about Wangari Maathai and the African women who helped her plant trees.

      Grades: 1st to 4th

  Redwoods

by Jason Chin

HARDCOVER
Flora : Trees & Forests
Habitats & Ecosystems 

As he reads a book on a subway, a boy’s imagination transports him into a forest of western coast redwoods where he explores the wonders of these magnificent giants, some of the oldest trees in the world. This visually imaginative book, beautifully illustrated, factually describes the amazing structure and growth of these trees from the forest floor to the canopy as well as their important role in the ecosystem as a habitat for many other plants and animals, including endangered species, such as the northern spotted owl, the red tree vole and the marbled murrelet -- all live only in old growth forests. This experiential book is a treasure of information for children about the uniqueness and importance of redwood trees.

To learn more about redwood conservation, visit: Save the Redwoods League

See also:
Dana Lyons' The Tree
Kathy Baron's The Tree of Time: A Story of a Special Sequoia
Carol Reed-Jones' The Tree in the Ancient Forest
Linda Vieira's The Ever-Living Tree: The Life and Times of a Coast Redwood

      Grades: Preschool to 4th

  Salmon Forest

by David Suzuki & Sarah Ellis

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Fish

As Kate and her father explore the spawning area of sockeye salmon in the woods of the Pacific rain forest, her dad explains the life cycle of these fish as well as the interconnecting web amongst the forest, salmon and the animals that feed on the fish. The nutrients from the salmon feed insects, birds, bears and, ultimately, the forest. In turn, the forest contributes to maintaining a habitat for these fish by conserving the soil and shading the streams. At the end of their exploration, Kate and her dad meet with Native friends in the woods to share a meal of salmon, like the bears, birds, insects and trees. The vibrant watercolor illustrations bring to life the imagery of the life cycle of the sockeye salmon and the Pacific rain forest ecosystem.

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle

by Lynne Cherry

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Following the development of a mangrove tangle from a sprouting seed into a spreading mangrove island as it gradually grows into a nesting place for birds and a nursery for fish and shellfish, this is a story about the community of life in the Caribbean Sea that depends upon a mangrove tangle for food and shelter. The beautiful artwork and engaging narrative depict the diversity and interdependence of life found in these habitats -- pelicans, herons, shrimp, crabs, lizards, seahorses, dolphins, sea turtles and manatees. In the "Author’s Note", Cherry describes the importance of mangroves not only as barriers for coastal areas from storms, but also as filters that clean out run off pollutants in the water. Many of these important mangrove habitats have been cleared in recent years to create commercial developments and shrimp farms. Maps on the endpapers show the location of these threatened ecosystems and include bordering illustrations of the numerous species of these unique and endangered communities.

For more information visit:
Mangrove Action Project, a project of Earth Island Institute.
The Mangrove Bio-complexity Project of the Smithsonian Environment Research Center.

      Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  The Shaman's Apprentice

by Lynne Cherry

HARDCOVER
Flora : Trees & Forests
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

When the faith of the indigenous people in the shaman's wisdom is destroyed, Kamanya, a Tirio Indian boy of the Amazon rain forest, continues to emulate Nahtahla, the medicine man to whom he serves as an apprentice to learn the secrets of the healing properties of native plants. The arrival of a foreign researcher, who explains the native source of quinine to cure malaria, restores the local people's faith in the traditional shaman's wisdom.

"The story is based upon real events and people in the Amazon rain forest and is lovingly told from Kamanya's point of view. His sense of gratitude, dismay and finally pride for the knowledge of his people shine through in the quietly circumspect prose of Cherry and Plotkin. Cherry's rich, deep paintings bring the lushness of the Suriname rain forest to life. The endpapers are a wonderful learning tool -- illustrations of indigenous plants, their Tirio and English names and their uses." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (Spring 1998) published by CCEL.

      Grades: 1st to 5th

  Someday a Tree

by Eve Bunting

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

"Over the years Alice has developed a strong affection for the oak tree near the highway at the edge of her family's farm. So when the tree becomes sick, Alice is devastated. Many people are engaged in efforts to save the tree, but nothing helps -- until Alice remembers the jar of acorns on her windowsill. Even though the tree cannot be saved, Alice realizes that she can plant an acorn, and maybe, someday, there will again be a healthy tree growing there. The soft, sensitive illustrations provide a delightful companion to this moving story." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Song for the Ancient Forest

by Nancy Luenn

HARDCOVER
Flora : Trees & Forests
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Written in the style of Native American legends, Luenn's fictional narrative conveys the importance of preserving the ancient old growth forests. When Raven the Trickster sings his song warning of the destruction of these forests to the people who live there, he is not believed by the Native Americans and later not understood by the settlers. As more trees are felled and the forests disappear, Raven watches till one day his song is finally heard by a young girl who then conveys the importance of the conservation of these forests to her father, a logger. The lyrical oil paintings capture the beauty and mood of ancient old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest as well as illustrate scenes of the human inhabitants in this region and the effects of logging.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Spotted Owlets

by Victoria Miles

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Birds

This picture booklet will captivate young readers as they discover a family of northern spotted owls in its unique habitat of the ancient old-growth forest. Stunning colored illustrations of the young owlets perched in the giant Douglas firs depict these nocturnal birds as they feed from their parents and venture out of their tree trunk to learn to fly.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

The classic poem by the great American poet is richly illustrated by the beautiful artwork of Susan Jeffers and brings to readers the wondrous beauty and mystery of winter in the frosty New England scenery.

      Grades: Preschool & up

  The Tree

by Dana Lyons

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Exquisite paintings by Danioth bring to life the moving words of Lyons’ song, a call to preserve our fragile environment presented from the perspective of an 800 year old Douglas fir. After years of witnessing the melting of glaciers, the call of wolves, the return of salmon and the flight of owls, the tree hears the coming of bulldozers and ponders what will provide shelter and preserve the soil if it is to be no more. As a message of hope, smiling people come to encircle and protect this splendid giant whose beauty is mirrored through the artwork of the book. Closer examination of the illustrations reveal threatened species that depend upon the Pacific Rain Forrest. Forewords by Julia Hill Butterfly and Pete Seeger, as well as endnotes with information about the Pacific Rain Forest, underline the importance of preserving old growth forests. (This picture book was printed on recycled paper.)

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  The Tree in the Ancient Forest

by Carol Reed-Jones

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Carol Reed-Jones portrays the remarkable ways that inhabitants of the forest depend upon one another for survival and the amazing web of plants and animals living around a single old fir tree. An informative guide of the forest creatures and their interrelationship as well as the role of ancient forests follows the verse.

Reviewed in Nature's Course (March/April 1996) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Preschool to 5th

  A Tree is Growing

by Arthur Dorros

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Beautifully illustrated with textured line and colored pencil drawings by the botanist Schindler, "A Tree is Growing" offers young readers a concise introduction to the growth and seasonal transformations of a tree. The function of photosynthesis, the role of leaves, roots, bark and sap as well as flowering and the formation of seeds and growth rings are all lucidly presented. Although the main text of the double-spread pages focuses primarily on trees of the temperate zone, the insets offer insights into exotic species such as the baobab and the banyan trees.

      Grades: 1st to 3rd

  Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab

by Barbara Bash

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

According to a legend of the African bushmen, the baobab tree was planted upside down by the careless hyena, which is why its branches look like gnarled roots. Barbara Bash introduces this vividly illustrated text with African folklore and then follows the life cycle of the baobab trees that stand in the landscape of the dry African savannah, living more than one thousand years. The coming of the rainy season marks the arrival of birds, as the tree sprouts leaves on its branches. Soon the baobab is teeming with life, with insects scampering and eating the foliage. At night the bushbabies and bats emerge to drink the nectar of the flowers that bloom on the baobab. Then, the next morning the flowers that have fallen from the tree provide food for the impalas. After the rains have ended, the leaves fall to the ground exposing the branches of the baobab, where life still teems in nests of birds and with baboons eating the fruit of the tree. When the fruits are gone, the silence of the tree is broken by snakes, chameleons and insects crawling over the barren branches. To the African people the tree is a rich source of honey, of bark that is used to make baskets and rope, of fruit, and of roots and leaves used for medicine.

      Grades: 1st to 5th

  Tremendous Tree Book

by Barbara Brenner

PAPERBACK
Flora : Trees & Forests

Told in simple rhyme, verses celebrate the marvels of trees. Cut-paper collage spreads, with succinct verses on topics such as the size, age, types, leaves and seeds of trees, are accompanied by fine line drawings of a raccoon and squirrel that supplement the information of each passage. Simple presentations span a wide range of topics as a fascinating introduction to the importance of trees.

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Uno's Garden

by Graeme Base

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Environmental Themes 

Uno arrives in an extraordinary forest inhabited by a fantastic assortment of plants and animals, including Leaping Lumpybums, Feathered Frinklepods, Playful Puddlebuts, Sneaky Snagglebites, Timid Tumbletops, Grazing Gondolopes as well as the ordinary, yet elusive, Snortlepig. Over time as more people discover the wonders of the forest, a village grows in the area, gradually expanding into a town. As a sprawling city develops, the forest and almost all of its fantastic creatures disappear, replaced by endless buildings and pollution. Graeme Base’s humorous number and puzzle storybook, replete with imaginative imagery, conveys a cautionary, yet hopeful message to readers as Uno’s descendents change their habits to live sustainably in balance with nature.

See also:
Lynne Cherry's The Dragon and the Unicorn, and
Laurence Anholt's The Forgotten Forest

      Grades: 2nd & up

  A Walk in the Rainforest

by Kristin Joy Pratt

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

The biodiversity and interdependence of the exotic animals and vegetation of the rainforest are presented in a concise alphabet format through the travels of the ant, XYZ. Each page abounds in color and facts about the lifestyle and habitat of a plant or animal. The threat of extinction and conservation themes are also discussed.

See also the accompanying book A Teacher's Guide to a Walk in the Rainforest

        Grades: Preschool to 7th

  A Walk Through a Rain Forest: Life in the Ituri Forest of Zaire

by David Jenike & Mark Jenike

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Since "A Walk Through a Rain Forest: Life in the Ituri Forest of Zaire" was written in 1994, Zaire has become the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has the largest surface of tropical forests in the world, containing more than half of Africa's tropical forests. This book takes readers deep into the Ituri Rain Forest to explore this unique ecosystem and present the life styles of two groups of indigenous people, the Lese farmers and the Efe foragers, who have lived together in this rain forest for thousands of years. Traveling with a young Lese boy and his grandparents from their small village to an outlying fishing camp, readers explore the habitat and the daily life of these indigenous people sharing the forest's resources, as well as the rich diversity of flora and fauna of the Ituri Forest. Numerous insets with color photographs describe the fascinating wildlife of this region, including bongos, okapis, pottos and duikers. Contrasting the traditional life styles of the indigenous peoples with more recent factors threatening the rainforest ecosystem, such as overhunting, poaching and the demand for bush meat, the author notes the importance of protecting the unique and vast diversity of the African rain forest.

        Grades: 3rd to 6th

  We Planted a Tree

by Diane Muldrow

HARDCOVER
Flora : Trees & Forests
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Two families at different parts of the globe plant one tree and in so doing "helped heal the earth". As the children and trees grow, more families plant trees to make the Earth healthier. As time passes and the trees grow, fruits and sap are made; the air becomes cleaner and the soil is healthier so crops may be planted; birds and other animals appear to live with the trees. Staake’s evocative artwork depicts scenes where trees grow around the globe -- the backyards of New York City, the plains of Africa, the woods of New England, the streets of Paris and the gardens of Japan. This lyrical book notes the words of Wangari Maathai of the Green Belt Movement, "When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope."

To learn more about tree planting programs, visit:
Wangari Maathai's The Green Belt Movement
UNEP's Billion Tree Campaign
The Arbor Day Foundation

See also:
Vera Rosenberry's The Growing-up Tree
Claire A. Nivola's Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
Jeanette Winter's Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
Donna Jo Napoli's Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Welcome to the Green House

by Jane Yolen

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Habitats & Ecosystems 

"The beautiful illustrations in this book make the sounds, smells, sights, colors and textures of the rain forest come alive. Welcome to the Green House teaches how plants are the source of life for many rain forest creatures, providing habitat and food." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (November/December 1993) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

HARDCOVER
Animals : Mammals
Habitats & Ecosystems 

Patent’s concise, informative and engaging text, describing how the reintroduction of wolves restored the balance in the Yellowstone ecosystem, is complemented by historical and recent full-color photography of the wolves and Yellowstone, its majestic geological wonders and native wildlife. Yellowstone was established in 1872 as a national park to preserve its geologic wonders of geysers, canyons, boiling hot pools, and mud pots "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people". To preserve the big game animals, hunters were paid to kill wolves and by 1926 not a single wolf was left in the lower 48 states. With the wolves gone, the elk and coyote populations in Yellowstone flourished. As time passed, however, the elk ate the young shoots and bark of trees that had provided food and nesting sites for songbirds as well as wood for beavers to build lodges and dams which had created ponds used by dragonflies, ducks and moose. Coyotes, now Yellowstone’s top predator, killed elk calves and newborn pronghorn fawns and ate animals that other smaller predators, such as foxes, hawks, owls and badgers, needed to survive. With the disappearance of wolves the balance of the complex ecosystem had been upset. Over time scientists began to realize the important, essential role played by wolves as a keystone species in an ecosystem where wolves had lived along with other animals for thousands of years. After an absence of almost seventy years, in 1995 several packs of wolves captured in Canada were introduced back into Yellowstone. Gradually nature’s balance in Yellowstone has been restored – "Returning the wolf is helping to make Yellowstone whole again. "

See also:
Jean Craighead George's The Wolves Are Back
Stephen Swinburne's Once A Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf
Janni Howker's Walk with a Wolf /a>

To learn more about wolves, visit:
NRDC's
Save BioGems
Yellowstone National Park.com
Yellowstone Wolves.org

      Grades: 2nd & up

  Where Do I Sleep?

by Jennifer Blomgren

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Habitats & Ecosystems 

"Where Do I Sleep" is a stunning, lullaby picture book of the Pacific Northwest. Blomgren’s lyrical, calming verse describes the habitats and sleep patterns of eighteen animals of the Pacific Northwest while Gabriel’s double-page, close-up pastels of the resting creatures depict the natural beauty and diversity of the region. From descriptions of a gray wolf pup napping in the Alaskan tundra, a puffling sleeping in an island cliffside and a baby sea otter on the mother’s belly swaying in a kelp bed, to a fawn slumbering underneath low trees, a brown bat hanging upside down in a cave and a red fox yawning in the underground den – the rhythmic verse also includes the young animals of the gray whale, brown bear, bald eagle, hermit thrush, mountain goat, cougar, moose, water dipper, salmon and even an anemone and a garden spider. At the end of this tranquil poem a child is pictured sleeping soundly in bed under the moonlight surrounded by stuffed animals of the Pacific Northwest.

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Where the Forest Meets the Sea

by Jeannie Baker

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Habitats & Ecosystems 

During a day outing with his father at a shore where a tropical rain forest meets the ocean, a boy follows a creek into the wilderness. Pretending it is over a hundred million years ago, he observes the forest, listens to its sounds and imagines now-extinct creatures as well as Aboriginal children playing in ancient trees. Lifelike collages take readers through a visual journey depicting the flora and fauna of the Australian Daintree Rainforest. At the end of the day, as they leave to go home, the pristine shore is overlaid by translucent images of development -- the boy wonders whether the forest will still be there when they return.

For more information about, as well as images of, the Daintree Rainforest in North Queensland, Australia, visit: Rainforest Rescue

See also:
Brenda Guiberson's Rain Rain Rain Forest, and
Lynne Cherry's The Great Kapok Tree

        Grades: Kindergarten & Up

  Winter Trees

by Carole Gerber

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

On a snowy winter day a boy and his dog take a walk through a forest where they observe the trees and animals, draw maple syrup and build a snowman. Simple, yet poetic, text and graphic illustrations evoke the quiet stillness and describe the forms of seven trees in winter – sugar maple, American beech, paper birch, yellow poplar, bur oak, Eastern hemlock and white spruce.

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Woodland Counting Book

by Claudia McGehee

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Habitats & Ecosystems 

Years ago before the pioneers settled the prairies, the bordering woodlands were home to numerous plants and animals, many of which are now endangered or extinct. McGehee’s counting book, exquisitely illustrated by colorful scratchboard artwork, introduces readers to the diversity and beauty of life that abounds in woodland communities over a cycle of seasons beginning with spring. From towering oaks, brilliant serviceberries and patches of mayapple wildflowers to pale green luna moths, tree-climbing gray foxes, blue spotted salamanders and colonies of carpenter ants – each page offers a visual and counting exploration of the woodland habitat in which young children can count up to 50 members of a species. "Woodland Notes" invites older readers to learn more about the twenty-three different plants and animals cited in the book which are now left in small portions of remaining woodland habitat, for "each mighty in its own way, every woodland member fills a special place in nature."

As part of the Green Press Initiative, this book is printed by the University of Iowa Press on recycled acid-free paper.

See also:
Claudia McGehee's A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet, and
Jonathan London's Phantom of the Prairie: Year of the Black Footed Ferret

      Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd