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Ellie's Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell Paperback – April 1, 2013
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The authors put so much love into this book. The story and the illustrations are meant to inspire and compel young ones to be curious and take note of the natural world, but any reader will come away with wonderful ideas about observing and recording.
Ellie's journal are wonderful. I take a copy of this book to those I teach, show the drawings, and encourage journal keeping by all.
Ellie's Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell is a great introduction to kids about life in the forest. Author Judith L. Li is a stream ecologist and retired Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, so she knows a thing or two about forest exploration. M. L. Herring, who created the illustrations, is a science writer who also heads the communications department at OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences. Her colorful illustrations beautifully depict animals, birds, trees, moss, and other things that can be found in the forest.
The pages showing Ellie's field journal are the highlight of the book: through drawings and what looks like hand-written notes they capture the essence of what Ellie and Ricky discovered on each of their trips into the woods.
While conversation between the two children doesn't seem to realistically portray how 11-year-olds would talk to each other, I believe there are many interesting things to discover in the book. I think parents and kids would have fun reading and talking about it together and letting the book inspire them to go on forest adventures of their own.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.