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Book Description

An engaging blend of science and storytelling for eight- to twelve-year-olds.

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After a huge tree crashes to the ground during a winter storm, ten-year-old Ellie and her new friend, Ricky, explore the forest where Ellie lives. Together, they learn how trees provide habitat for plants and animals high in the forest canopy, down among mossy old logs, and deep in the pools of a stream. The plants, insects, birds, and mammals they discover come to life in colored pen-and-ink drawings.

An engaging blend of science and storytelling, Ellie’s Log also features:

• Pages from Ellie’s own field notebook, which provide a model for recording observations in nature

• Ellie’s advice to readers for keeping a field notebook

• Ellie’s book recommendations Online resources for readers and teachers—including a Teacher’s Guide—are available at ellieslog.org.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870716964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870716966
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elizabeth C. Webb on April 23, 2013
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I bought Ellie's Log as a gift for my grandchildren. My granddaughter, Erin, is almost 9. I received this note from her mom: "Just thought I'd let you know that Erin read two chapters in the "Ellie's Log" book last night. And today she was exploring the backyard and taking down notes in a sketch book. She is inspired!"

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.
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Eleven-year-old Ellie lives in a Pacific Northwest forest with her dad, who is the forest manager, and her mom, who is a researcher at the local university. Together with her new friend Ricky, she explores the forest around her and learns about the plant and animal life that can be found there if you just spend time looking for it.

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.
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As a Talk About Trees facilitator I totally enjoyed this book. It is absolutely great and the drawings in
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.
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