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Tree of Life

The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth

by Rochelle Strauss, illustrated by Margot Thompson

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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
published: Aug 2004
ISBN:9781553376699
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

If every known species on Earth were a leaf on a tree, that tree would have 1 750 000 leaves. Since humans count for just one leaf on the tree, we have a lot to learn about the millions of other forms of life with which we share the world. A dazzlingly illustrated and child-friendly introduction to biodiversity, Tree of Life shows how living things are classified into five kingdoms --- and how each has much to tell us about all aspects of life on our planet.

Tree of Life is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

About the Authors
Rochelle Strauss is an environmental education consultant in Toronto. She has designed and developed education programs, as well as consulted on numerous environmental projects, including a biodiversity museum in Panama and a national park in Canada.
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Margot Thompson is an illustrator of children's books including the award-winning Tree of Life, Sea Monsters, Make a Change: Shapes, and Make a Change: Opposites. She also works as a designer at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Winner, Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Runner-up, Green Earth Book Award
  • Winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine
  • Winner, Teacher's Choice List, International Reading Association
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
  • Winner, Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, ASPCA
  • Winner, Best of the Best Books List, Chicago Public Library
  • Winner, Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, The Editors' Association of Canada
  • Winner, Book of the Year Award - Silver Medal, ForeWord Magazine
Editorial Reviews

Tree of Life is beautifully designed, and Thompson's realistic pictures bring the Earth's creatures vividly to life. ... some of the vocabulary will prove challenging for readers as young as eight. Older children will nevertheless find this a wonderfully helpful resource.

— Quill & Quire

Striking, lucid, and deceptively simple.

— School Library Journal

This introduction to the five kingdoms of living things does an excellent job of helping young readers understand how scientists organize and classify all living things. ... Large-sized, both handsome and useful, this is an outstanding collaboration of author and illustrator.

— Kirkus Reviews

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