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Children’s Book Committee – December 2021 Pick

The Wisdom of Trees:​​How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom
Written by Lita Judge

Trees are not lone agents in the forest but communicate and cooperate via complex underground networks, which deforestation is disrupting. Detailed information accompanies soft watercolors and short poems. Resources.

Our Young Reviewer Says:December young reviewer 2021 pick Wisdom of Trees “I like how this book tells how trees help other trees survive by sending food through the roots and warning other trees about insects and other dangers. I also like how there are lots of interesting facts at the back of the book. I didn’t know that trees could communicate to each other in a way that we don’t understand. That is very interesting! I may look at a tree stump soon and see how many age rings there are!

The book tells how important it is to have all different species of trees in forests to help other species of trees and also help the same tree species.

I loved all the different animals the illustrations showed living in or climbing the trees. I loved how the illustrator drew different varieties and sizes of trees. I like how the pictures show maps of where things happen in the trees and underground, how food gets through the roots, and how oxygen and more are absorbed by the leaves.”

–Ronan, 8, Salisbury Beach, MA.

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