TREES by Jonathan Pine


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Age Range: 7 - 10
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 Another entry in a successful and handsomely produced introductory nature guide series. Pine (Backyard Birds, 1993) takes readers on a brief tour of seven common North American trees while providing readers with well-intentioned guidance how best to identify and appreciate trees whether found in forests or on city streets. The trees profiled include gingko, maple, oak, ailanthus, willow, sycamore, and pine. Pine's tone is often inspirational (``Trees are the friendly giants of the earth'') and the text is sprinkled liberally with exclamation points (``Wear old clothes for hugging pines!'' If readers can tune out some of these excesses they will find this a highly readable and reliable survey. Joudrey's debut illustrations--carefully placed, restrained and very handsome oil paintings--are beautifully reproduced on the cream-colored paper; they contribute to the upscale book design although educators will notice the lack of labeled diagrams of tree or leaf parts. Such quibbles notwithstanding, Pine and Jourdrey have teamed up for a useful, pleasing addition best suited for larger collections. (Nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: March 30th, 1995
ISBN: 0-06-021468-6
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1995