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Gr 2-4-Preus introduces 14 trees famous in history or legend. Some are renowned for their age, height, girth, or other physical characteristics. For example, Methuselah, a bristlecone pine in California, is more than 4000 years old, while the Tule Tree in Mexico measures 177 feet around. Others are associated with historic events such as the Tree of One Hundred Horses, which sheltered the Queen of Aragon and her soldiers during a rainstorm. The Bodhi tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment and the Major Oak, where Robin Hood and his men met in Sherwood Forest, also appear. The newest trees are those grown from seeds and taken to the moon on Apollo 14 in 1971. Each featured specimen receives a spread with several paragraphs of text plus Gibbon's charming colored pencil and watercolor illustrations. Readers who want to learn more about one or more of the tree varieties can find additional information at the book's end. Preus also suggests ways to help nurture and preserve trees. The book might be paired with titles such as Jason Chin's Redwoods (Roaring Brook, 2009) or Barbara Bash's Tree of Life (Sierra Club, 1989). It can also introduce the importance of the topic, perhaps in connection with observances such as Arbor Day or Earth Day.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This playful celebration of trees offers profiles of 14 specimens. A sequoia known as General Sherman that stands in California's Sequoia National Park weighs close to three million pounds, or "as much as 14 Argentinosauruses, 10 blue whales, or three 747 jets." The Tule Tree, in Mexico, is recognized for gnarled contortions in its bark that "give the appearance of creatures hiding inside," while the Boab Prison Tree in Derby, Australia, carries a dark history-at the turn of the century, Aboriginal prisoners were chained there. Gibbon's muted mixed-media illustrations set each tree in context, as soft-featured people from across the centuries reflect the trees' storied histories. A joyful and respectful homage to trees that have stood the test of time. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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In a colorfully illustrated book, Preus introduces 14 notable trees. Some are celebrated for their longevity (Methuselah, a bristlecone pine dating back around 4,800 years); height (Hyperion, a coast redwood); or circumference (the Tule Tree, a Montezuma cypress). Other trees are honored for their cultural, spiritual, or historical associations, such as the Major Oak in England's Sherwood Forest, the revered Bodhi of Sri Lanka, or Australia's Baobab Prison Tree. Each double-page spread introduces a tree and explains its significance in a few paragraphs of very readable information. Though the picture of pioneers posting messages on the trunk of Post Office Tree does not reflect the text, Gibbon's acrylic-ink, colored-pencil, and watercolor artwork creates an inviting look throughout the book. Appended are notes on the species represented, advice on how to help trees, a bibliography combining books for adults and children, and a list of websites.--Phelan, Caroly. Copyright 2010 Booklist