It's always good to expose kids to a variety of different styles of text, though sometimes it's difficult to find nonfiction materials that can compete with the charm and engaging plot of a storybook. But check out this terrific new book full of winsome illustrations and distinguished trees.
Celebritrees showcases fourteen notable trees in history and legend, from Methuselah, the oldest known living organism of earth (a 4,800 year old bristlecone pine), to General Sherman, the world's biggest living inhabitant (a giant sequoia which weighs as much as ten blue whales).
Celebritrees has withstood the test of dozens of readings at our house. Rebecca Gibbon's painted illustrations are first-rate. It's a quick, fun, informative read. And if you want to spend more time with the book, the trees are elaborated upon in more detail at the end, as well as a section of practical things you can do to help trees.
Our three-year-old's favorite tree in the book is The Major Oak, a hollow oak in Sherwood Forest which according to folklore was used as a hiding place by Robin Hood and his men. He also likes the idea that these trees have earned names for themselves, and now feels we need to bestow titles on the trees in our own yard.
Celebritrees by Margi Preus, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon, $11.55