Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Tree / Happy Arbor Day!

A simple story told from the perspective of an (800 year old) ancient Douglas fir tree living in the Pacific Rain Forest. The Tree by Dana Lyons (a Skipping Stones Award Winner) tells of the many things it has seen and of the wildlife it has sheltered.

I especially love the foreward by Julia Butterfly Hill (author of Legacy of Luna)Remember that Julia had spent over two years living in the branches of an ancient redwood. She says "Trees and our earth take such good care of us and all they ask in return is that we do the same for them. This beautiful home we all live on wants to give to us forever. But if we don't take good care of it and if we continue cutting down all the trees, eventually it will have nothing left to give us."

At the end of the story, there is a page about the Pacific rain Forest which is very informative.

The illustrations by David Danioth are Stunning and powerful. They are realistic and almost 3-dimensional. Each has a different point of view, ex.) looking up at the tree, swimming under water with the salmon, looking down at a Grizzly bear.

I highly recommend this book for all ages. It teaches a love for nature and how we must act now in order to save our beautiful forest trees from disappearing forever.

Happy Arbor Day!


  1. This is inspiring! Did you see the webcams of the Eden project posted on JBH's site? Here's the link:
    It looks a little sci-fi.

  2. Wow! I Love the Honeycomb Bubble Domes! Thanks for the link. JBH is very inspiring.


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