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Be Thankful for Trees: A Tribute to the Many & Surprising Ways Trees Relate to Pur Lives

Red Comet. Mar. 2022. 80p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781636550206.
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K-Gr 3–In this rhyming tribute, divided into seven sections, readers learn about the invaluable role trees play in nature and daily life. Each segment describes individual characteristics of trees and how they relate to the lives of humans, animals, and the environment. Cheerful couplets and repetitive phrases, excellent for reading aloud, explain how trees serve as food, comfort, music, and more. Two spreads that can be found toward the end of the book allude to climate change by way of “man-made destruction,” but the text otherwise focuses on celebrating trees and forests and does not include specific ways to protect them. Fitzgerald’s colorful illustrations depict diverse humans of varying skin tones enjoying a range of activities, as well as numerous animals and ecosystems thriving, all made possible by trees. Pair with Peter Wohlleben’s Can You Hear the Trees Talking?” or Lita Judge’s The Wisdom of Trees for STEM and nature units.
VERDICT Despite the lack of supplemental back matter, this celebratory ode that encourages readers to explore and appreciate nature is a welcome addition to most collections.

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