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Children's Nonfiction Trees & Forests

Nature All Around: Trees

by (author) Pamela Hickman

illustrated by Carolyn Gavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Trees & Forests, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Flowers & Plants
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 7 to 10


This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated introduction to trees and the important role they play is part of the essential Nature All Around series. The book first explores the parts of trees, their life cycles, the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, leaf types and the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. Then it takes readers through a year in the life cycle of trees, describing what happens during each of the four seasons. Readers will discover the many ways trees are vital to the environment and how various animals can share one tree as a home.

A two-page spread contains a map of forest regions across the United States and Canada. And there's even a section for “budding” tree-watchers, with fun questions to help identify trees in their neighborhoods.

Combine bestselling author Pamela Hickman's child-friendly, informative text with Carolyn Gavin's whimsical, painterly illustrations and you get both a complete reference tool and a book that children will be drawn to for its enticing visual appeal. This book has strong curriculum applications in grades two through five, when children are learning about the characteristics of living things. It works specifically for life science lessons on the growth and changes in plants, and on the interdependence of living things. End matter includes information about endangered trees and how readers can help, as well as an activity, glossary, and index.

About the authors

PAMELA HICKMAN is the author of over forty non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the Best Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International and the Canadian Authors Association Lilla Sterling Memorial Award. She co-authored the first book in this series, Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

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CAROLYN GAVIN est peintre, illustratrice et graphiste. Ses illustrations vivantes et colorées reflètent son amour de la nature et des voyages. On les retrouve dans des livres et des magazines et même imprimées sur des tissus. Originaire d’Afrique du Sud, elle habite maintenant à Toronto, en Ontario.


CAROLYN GAVIN is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer whose work has appeared in print, as well as on fabric and housewares. Her vibrant, colourful illustrations are inspired by nature, travel, and exotic colour and pattern. Originally from South Africa, she now makes her home in Toronto.


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  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

A terrific resource and field guide for any budding naturalist!—Canadian Children's Book News

... a clearly informative and picturesque look into the complex world of trees.—Booklist

Classroom teachers, school librarians, and fans of Hickman's previous books will enjoy this lovely, informative volume.

School Library Journal

... lively and fun ...—San Francisco Book Review

[A] thoughtfully presented resource.—Publishers Weekly

Definitely worthy of purchase, Trees will not only serve as an excellent primer, but it will also give readers a sense of the tremendous importance of trees.—CM Magazine

A cogent, jauntily illustrated primer.

Kirkus Reviews

... a solid introduction to trees ...

Washington Post

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