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Author: Galat, Joan Marie
Illustrator: Ding, Wendy
Publisher: Owlkids Books
Year Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781771470827
Grades: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Branching Out: How Trees Are Part of Our World

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Galat has created a wonderful non-fiction book about trees, one that is full of pertinent information, written in a way that is accessible to readers, and is engaging to boot! She discusses eleven different species of trees from around the world, ranging from the Red Maple of Canada to the Baobab tree of Africa. Each tree has a four page spread, with gorgeous photographs and information about the tree on the first two pages, followed by a two pages about why people and animals need this tree. Each section is filled with maps, drawings, leaf silhouettes, and close-ups, all of which help readers of different levels understand the information. In the opening chapters, Galat speaks to why we need trees in general, their effect on global warming, how every part of the tree has a purpose (including cut-outs of what is underneath the bark) and then has a two page spread that shows the reader how to use the book, explaining the layout and where they can find information. Interesting facts throughout the book continue to engage the reader. Did you know that you can hollow out a baobab tree without killing it? And that the Great Banyan tree is the largest tree in the world, covering 3.5 acres?
Solidly packed with information that has been reviewed by an expert, this is sure to be a big hit with grade 6 teachers for their Trees and Forest unit, and for the grade 4 Plants unit.

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