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Into the Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I admit that our tree unit was just as much for me and my husband as for our kids. We all love to be outdoors, especially in the forest, and this list helped us better identify and appreciate the trees around us. The selections here represent the full life cycle of trees, from seed to decomposing log, and, as in all our science units, I’ve included a bit of history, literature, and art, too, to show the breadth and beauty of these arboreal wonders. Now in our yard and in the forest, there’s more to explore and more to enjoy.

  1. Watch The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That: Breeze from the Trees!
  2. Celebritrees: Historic & Famous Trees of the World by Margi Preus and Rebecca Gibbon
  3. Hop, Bunny! Explore the Forest by Susan Neuman
  4. In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony and Cris Arbo
  5. In the Woods: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
  6. A Leaf Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija
  7. A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer and Robin Brickman
  8. Nature’s Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests by Gail Gibbons
  9. Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems by Kristine O’Connell George and Kate Kiesler
  10. Once There Was a Tree by Natalia Romanova and Gennady Spirin
  11. Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esmé Raji Codell and Lynne Rae Perkins
  12. Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini
  13. Sky Tree by Thomas Locker
  14. Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor
  15. A Tree Is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla and Stacey Schuett
  16. A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry and Marc Simont
  17. The Tree Doctor by Tish Rabe and Tom Brannon
  18. Trees, Leaves, and Bark by Diane Burns and Linda Garrow
  19. Who Will Plant a Tree? by Jerry Pallotta and Tom Leonard
  20. Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro and Loretta Krupinski
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A Sap for a Story

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After years of trying to coordinate a trip to one of our local maple syrup houses, my family finally made it this year to an event for NY’s Maple Weekend. I expected an afternoon of tromping through snow and tapping trees, but our experience was much sleeker and more sophisticated than that (you can read about that visit here). We decided to extend our field trip with large bottles of maple syrup and lots of library books about the history and process of sugaring. This list reflects the old-fashioned methods I’d imagined as well as more modern processes, and, of course, some stories that are just about sticky fun. These books aren’t quite as delicious as syrup-soaked pancakes, but they’re all good reads.

  1. From Maple Tree to Syrup by Melanie Mitchell
  2. At Grandpa’s Sugar Bush by Margaret Carney and Janet Wilson
  3. If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
  4. Maple Moon by Connie Brummel Crook
  5. The Maple Syrup Book by Marilyn Linton
  6. Maple Syrup Season by Ann Purmell
  7. From Maple Trees to Maple Syrup by Kristin Thoennes Keller
  8. The Missing Maple Syrup Sap Mystery: Or, How Maple Syrup Is Made by Gail Gibbons
  9. Sugar on Snow by Nan Parson Rossiter
  10. Sugar Snow by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Doris Ettlinger
  11. Sugarbush Spring by Marsha Wilson Chall and Jim Daly
  12. Sugaring by Jessie Haas
  13. The Sugaring-Off Party by Jonathan London and Gilles Pelletier
  14. Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky and Chrisopher Knight
  15. A Tree for All Seasons by Robin Bernard