- Age Range: 6 and up
- Grade Level: 1 and up
- Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; 1st Edition edition (September 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563978105
- ISBN-13: 978-1563978104
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Big Tree Paperback – September 1, 1999
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-- Mixing fact with fiction in picture book format, Hiscock tells the story of a sugar maple tree from a winged seed sprouting during the American Revolution to the present day when a picnic is held under its towering branches every Fourth of July. Not only are historical events mentioned--George Washington as president, logging, the Civil War--but also biological systems such as photosynthesis and the running of sap are explained. Even the complex process of how trees grow is clearly stated. Because of this simplicity, transitions in time are quick, especially once the story line reaches the 20th century. Yet, for the most part, Hiscock moves smoothly from one event to the next, piquing interest while inspiring further discussion. Realistic ink-and-watercolor drawings show the tree as it grows and the people and activities that surround it over the years. --Martha Topol, Interlochen Public Library, MI
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Much later edit to this entry by the reviewer:
Interestingly, I have recently stumbled upon the book I was searching for - it was written by Mary and Conrad Buff and entitled Big Tree. It is the life story of Wa-No-Na, a 5000-year old Sequoia. Just the book I was thinking of.
Actually, I was motivated to search again by someone (Thanks, David!) who was looking for the same book I was and read my comments here at Amazon. I found several copies, for anyone else who might be looking, at a favorite bookstore specializing in childhood books - [...] I purchased a First Edition.