The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom

Lita Judge. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-250-23707-1
In author-illustrator Judge’s comprehensive nonfiction picture book, free verse poems from the perspective of trees occur alongside factual paragraphs of supplementary prose. The collection conveys trees’ “secret language... that allows them to work together in communities,” forming symbiotic relationships with fungi, insects, and animals, and “sending chemical and electrical signals, like secret codes,” to benefit each other and their ecosystems. Scenes and species spotlighted from the Americas, Europe, and Asia drive home trees’ global significance, as well as ecologists’ assertion that trees are “our planet’s best defense against climate change.” Elegant watercolor and pencil illustrations in a naturalistic color palette adeptly portray flora and fauna, encouraging readers to dwell on each detail and making for an accessible, rousing resource. Back matter includes an author’s note, more about fungi, the life spans of trees, and additional details about the tree species pictured. Ages 5–8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 04/01/2021
Release date: 03/02/2021
Genre: Children's
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