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TELL ME, TREE by Gail Gibbons


All About Trees for Kids

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Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-316-30903-6
Publisher: Little, Brown

A very fine introduction to trees for beginning and challenged readers. Gibbons, in her usual careful manner, discusses tree seeds and tree parts, including stems, bark, roots, and leaves. Each two- or three-page topic is begun “Tell Me, Tree . . .” setting up the idea that the budding scientist can learn from examining the tree itself. She provides labeled diagrams of the inside and outside of trees and explains specialized terms such as cambium, phloem, sapwood, heartwood, chlorophyll, and photosynthesis. Her trademark pen-and-watercolor drawings appear on every page, complementing and extending the text. A dozen trees are included in the “Identifying Trees” section showing leaves, bark, and the full tree outline—a terrific tool for adults, too. She concludes with directions for collecting and pressing leaves and making bark rubbings and a page of interesting facts. This is such a natural subject for Gibbons, it’s a wonder she hasn’t done it before. Sure to please. (Nonfiction. 5-9)