March 26, 2014

Life of a maple tree

A Tree in a Forest
by Jan Thornhill

In 1764, a maple tree starts to grow. Over the next two hundred years, the tree becomes home to birds, raccoons, and squirrels, withstands ice storms and lightning, provides food for porcupine, insects, and mushrooms, and gets tapped for maple syrup. Even at the end of its life, it continues to shelter other animals until a new tree takes root.

Thornhill's words and pictures teem with life, ensuring repeated readings of a wonder-filled book.

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