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Children's Nonfiction Trees & Forests

Canada Close Up: Canada's Trees

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Publisher
Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2011
Category
Trees & Forests
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443107396
    Publish Date
    Sep 2011
    List Price
    $6.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5

Description

Find out all there is to know about Canada's trees!

A fantastic book for 7-to 9-year-olds that explores the characteristics of Canada's many trees. Among the topics explored are: where they grow, what they look like, how they affect the environment, how they are affected by their surroundings, and so much more.

With full-colour photographs throughout, a glossary, a table of contents, and a simple index, learning has never been so easy!

About the author

Liz is one nosy author, which is why she loves writing non-fiction. She’s very curious about why people do what they do, and likes sharing with kids the amazing facts and secrets that she uncovers.As a kid in Thornhill, Ontario, the idea of being a writer never crossed Liz’s mind—she figured most authors were already dead and they definitely weren’t Canadian. Besides, it was science that interested Liz.But writing was already part of Liz’s life. After dinner on school nights, Liz and her two brothers would trudge up to their rooms, close their doors and start to do their homework—or so their parents thought. A few minutes later, a piece of paper would come sliding under Liz’s door. One of her brothers had drawn a picture, usually of some weird creature.Liz really couldn’t draw (still can’t!), so the only way she could respond was to write a short story, often about a mad scientist or space alien. She would slip the story under her brother’s door and—well, not a lot of homework got done.At university, Liz studied sciences—there was hardly any writing involved at all. But after university, she was hired as an editor at OWL magazine, where she could combine writing and her love of science. But it wasn’t long before Liz had a goal: to write a book. Her first one was about lions and since then she’s written more than fifty others.Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns (2008) is one of her favourite books because royalty has always fascinated Liz. She loved going behind the scenes with monarchs from Cleopatra to Dracula to find out just what they would do to hold onto power or protect their families.Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries (2013) was the winner of numerous awards, including the Crime Writers of Canada 2014 Arthur Ellis Award in the Juvenile/YA category. Liz’s latest book with Annick Press, Galloping Through History: Incredible True Horse Stories (Spring 2015), combines, once again, her outstanding storytelling skills with her passion for history. This time her love of animals also shines through as she recounts the stories of six horses that changed the way humans live, travel, fight, work, and play.Liz lives in Toronto with her husband, Paul, and their cat Cosimo. While she writes, he is usually sprawled across her desk—often right on the book she needs for research!

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Awards

  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

"A fascinating, easy to read book . . . not only an excellent reference for understanding the native trees of Canada, it is also a delightful reading experience. It will appeal to young readers' curiosity about the world around them and will arouse further interest in our native trees and their human connection. Highly Recommended." —Canadian Review of Materials

Librarian Reviews

Canada’s Trees (Canada Close Up)

Explore all of Canada’s famous native trees and learn how they affect us and the environment, and how they are being affected by their surroundings. Find out the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees and the characteristics of these trees. Get to know the provincial and territorial trees of Canada and learn some fascinating facts about Canadian trees.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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