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Tall Tall Tree Paperback – September 1, 2017
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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Scientists have discovered a busy world on top of those gigantic trees. Its overhead canopy is one that is teeming with life unseen by human eyes.
"Creeping, hopping, zipping
Throughout the redwoods green
Are many different creatures
Who are very seldom seen.
They live among the branches
High in this tall, tall tree
Insects, birds, and mammal,
Let's count them - one, two, three."
The author highlights ten species that make this high towering cover their home. Some that he has chosen are: the soaring Eagle, climbing Salamanders, busy pecking Woodpeckers, chattering scampering Chipmunks, sleeping roosting bats, slimy sliding banana slugs and spotted crawling Ladybugs, just to name a few.
Kids can count, learn and discover and enjoy reading this book. It's very intereactive with words sure to expand their vocabulary. The author has cleverly included pages at the back to gleen more in-depth details of the majestic Redwoods and more animals to flip back through the book and find. Also present are guides for parents and teachers that provide activities and websites to pursue.
The illustrations are truly amazing and beautifully crafted. The author has done a stellar job of raising the awareness of the Redwood's awesomeness and usefulness to creatures big and small. A truly gorgeous book that will be wonderful to add to your child's nature collection. I highly recommend this book.
"Many other animals
Sleep and eat and roam
Up in this tall, tall tree-
Their elevated home.
The tree lives in a forest
Close to the foggy shore.
It's a wild and magic world-
Come discover and explore!"
This book is a wonderfully illustrated introduction to redwood trees and both habitats and ecosystems in a fun, engaging way. Full of animals who are in the environment, children can play fun counting games to lyrical verses woven with memorable facts. It provides the option to adjust for both younger children and older children, providing supplemental material for older children who may wish to learn more than just the basics presented in the first half of the book.
The illustrations are rich, accurate, and adorable, the games are fun and my children loved it! The one thing that makes me hesitate to give this five stars is the second half of the book. I did not like that right after the halfway point through it switches to offering bland STEM activities and hyped self-promotion. These are things that are typically frowned upon in books. It is mixing genres of the book and blatantly pushing additional agendas that really turned me off.
In a digital world, providing a web link for all the additional information they decided to stick in the back would have been more useful and a less wasteful use of paper in the physical format and provided a cleaner experience in the digital format. Activities are not an expected feature in a children's book and the additional pages of promotion are also facets that a parent or teacher would seek out on their own using a provided link if they were interested. Instead, it almost feels forced in front of you. This being irksome is just my opinion, and may be welcomed by others.
Overall, I give this four stars for its excellency in all areas but the second portion of the book. The illustrations, the verses, and the games as well as additional facts have kept my children coming back to this book again and again. This is truly a fun, exceptional read.
The illustrations give the reader the feel of a thriving healthy community within the trees. Animals not always associated with the Red Woods are included in the main ten. Then there are hidden animals which were a delight to go back to find after we finished reading the body of the book. I liked that the author included more activities at the end; what a wonderful unexpected bonus.
When I asked my grandson to rate the book, he said without hesitation 100 stars. It is a favorite that can be read again and again. Since I receive a digital coy of the book, he was thrilled when told that we would be ordering a paper copy.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.