I Know a Tree...
Do you have any special memories about a favorite tree? Is it in your yard, at a park, school, or favorite outdoor spot?
Nature has been a source of inspiration for writers and artists throughout history. Pick a favorite tree and then write and illustrate a poem or a story based on your personal experiences. E-mail us your stories and we will share them in our next issue. Here is a list of our favorite stories about trees. If you have a favorite not on the list, let us know.
The Big Tree by Bruce Hiscock. It is a beautiful book that follows the life of a maple tree over 200 years-old.
Forest Life by Barbara Taylor. This book is a vivid guide to the variety of animal and plant life found in the forest.
Fox Song by Joseph Bruchac. It is a story of a young girl's memories of her experiences in the woods with her recently deceased Indian great-grandmother. Illustrated by Paul Morin.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This book is a classic story of a boy's use of a tree from the time he is young until he is old.
The Grandpa Tree by Mike Donahue. Read this tale of the life cycle of an evergreen tree--from birth to death to rebirth.
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. This is a beautiful book about a woodcutter in the Brazilian rain forest.
How the Forest Grew by William Jaspersohn. The book describes the gradual transformation of a cleared farm field into a dense forest. Illustrated by Chuck Eckart.
The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Grono. This book is about a man who dedicates his life to planting trees in an area that had lost most of its woods.
Trees by Harry Behn. This is a wonderful poem about trees that starts out "Trees are the kindest things I know/ They do no harm, they simply grow."