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Kindergarten-Grade 3. An attractive introduction to the life, death, and decay of an oak tree. The simple, informative text presents the complex cast of characters residing in or on the living tree as well as the decomposing log?from woodpeckers, squirrels, and porcupines to carpenter ants, millipedes, slugs, and fungi. The verbal descriptions of this rich ecosystem are enhanced by striking illustrations of three-dimensional paper sculptures, often so realistic as to seem to be preserved natural specimens. Although this ground has been covered in Alvin Tresselt's The Gift of the Tree (Lothrop, 1992), a reincarnation of The Dead Tree (Atheneum, 1972; o.p.); and James Newton's Forest Log (Crowell, 1980; o.p.), Pfeffer's gentle, lucid text and Brickman's superb illustrations certainly merit inclusion in most collections.?Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Wendy Pfeffer is the author of several children's books, including Polar Bears and From Tadpole to Frog, as well as numerous articles and stories for magazines. Her full-time writing career includes teaching writing to adults and children. She previously taught first grade, and was the founding director for a nursery school. She lives in Pennington, New Jersey, with her husband, Tom.
Robin Brickman has illustrated many children's books, including One Night in the Coral Sea and Beaks!, by Sneed B. Collard III. To create three-dimensional illustrations for A Log's Life she painted watercolor paper, then cut, hand shaped, and glued the various pieces together. Ms. Brickman lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her website at www.robinbrickman.com to learn about the Community Mural Project based on this book.
A Log's Life is full of wonder for those who are shy about being out doors. It's challenging and stimulating for the non-adventurer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn Johnson
Prior to this book it was difficult to get my son to sit through a book about anything other than trucks and cars ("Mighty Machines"). Read morePublished 10 months ago by momof2
Great book, pictures were stunning. My 3 year old girls loved it!Published 12 months ago by Danielle R. Fournier
A Log's Life, brilliantly illustrated in detailed watercolor, tells the story of the circle of life. A tree bustles with the activity of squirrels, bugs, and other life. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephen R. Dahl
This is a wonderful book for children to learn about ecological processes in forests, especially if you live near a forest or take a child hiking, camping, etc. Read morePublished 19 months ago by SuMo
As noted in a review I read, the book was beautiful. I used it to teach ecosystems. As I read the book, the students filled out a graphic organizer in the shape of a tree. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Monica L Theis