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The illustrations are vibrant and dynamic, enhancing the text quite nicely. It's a good book about trees for kids, if a bit on the longer side. There are some great details that reflect more modern knowledge, if I remember botany correctly. It's nice that it talks about conservation a little throughout and addresses the topic clearly at the end. The tree maps are cool too! I can imagine kids getting excited to pick out which trees they've seen in their area vs. their family's or another country's that they want to visit. Definitely get this book in print though. It's okay as an ebook, but some pages have to be read sideways and the zoomed in reading feature (I cannot remember what it's called) doesn't align with the text. Seeing the maps and two-page spreads in person on a full-sized book or a big computer monitor would be much better.
This is one of those purchases that I made after Amazon helpfully suggested some add ons at checkout. I was purchasing some kids’ nature books for my crew of little book worms. This book would have been a great purchase if my kids were a little older. This book is a bit much for pre-schoolers unless you are looking for a 3 hour bedtime story... let me just say, I am not! This is more of an almanac for elementary school aged kids. With that said, I’d recommend it for its intended audience.
4.0 out of 5 starsLovely illustrations. Very educational
Reviewed in the United States on 27 April 2019
I got this book for my three year, whose current ambition in life is to be a tree when he grows up. (And so far he seems to be sticking to it.) It's not really made for a three year old--I'd say it's more for 6+ but the pictures in the book are enough to hold my son's attention and I can summarize the information on the page for the most part. It's really a very comprehensive book on the basics of trees--from "what is a tree," how trees "eat" (i.e. photosynthesis), where different trees live, types of trees, parts of a tree to the role of flowers, fruits, and seeds in tree reproduction, to trees and humans together. It's a pretty loong book- 80 pages, though with plenty of pictures (mixes of really photos of trees and drawings which I really like.)The back of the book has a list of national trees and U.S. state official trees along with a glossary.
4.0 out of 5 starsvery informative, odd mix of illustrations and photos
Reviewed in the United States on 30 April 2019
This book is jam-packed with all sorts of really interesting information about trees, discussing more than just deciduous and evergreen but also delving into some of the more complicated concepts of tree communication and the intricacies of forest networks. I was a little thrown off by the mix of illustrations and photographs and wish one had been chosen to use throughout; the illustrations were lovely and I, personally, would have liked to have seen those throughout. There is quite a bit of information, perhaps a lot for a very young reader to take in all at once, but I think it is the sort of book that can be used through different stages, pictures mostly to start with then reading more as your young one's comprehension develops.