Trees, Trees and more Trees!

deep roots cover It doesn’t matter how often it happens, it’s always an exciting day when a new book arrives! Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet is the latest in the Orca Footprints series. It’s only just come out, but already it is getting some great reviews! If you are a review reader, here are some links:

Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Online

A couple of other reviews:

“Provides good, attention-grabbing facts…Perhaps most significantly, [Tate] conveys a sense of how trees serve as barometers to environmental health and trouble…A solid foundation, a taproot to appreciating the incredible diversity and contribution of trees to our everyday lives.” (Kirkus Reviews 2015-12-01)

“Beautiful and intriguing color photos from a broad array of sources and diverse locations give readers ample visual details of a wide variety of species and tree habitats around the globe… [Tate] champions the sheer wonder of trees, thanks to her infectious, enthusiastic tone…With accessible language and eye-catching, photo-filled layouts, this is a great pick…Very well suited to elementary- and middle-school research projects.” (Booklist 2016-02-01)

“Another well-done offering from this ongoing series…Beautiful color photographs from all over the world, make [the book] an excellent addition to libraries seeking to enlarge their selection of multicultural offerings…This well-written volume is ideal for budding researchers unfamiliar with environmental issues, and teachers will welcome this attractive, curriculum-based reading options.” (School Library Journal 2016-03-01)

From BC Book World (Spring 2016)
Since moving to a two-acre farm and planting dozens of trees, Nikki Tate has come to appreciate “why trees just might be our best friends.” As a follow-up to her children’s book about housing around the world, she celebrates the universal importance of trees in Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca $19.95).

Among other things, we learn that six of the planet’s eight species of baobab trees are in Madagascar. During the rainy season, water is stored in their enormous, smooth, white trunks that rise like 100-ft. pillars. The baobab is known as the Tree of Life because the trees produce much-needed fruit in the dry season when little else grows. Baobab flowers bloom at night and are pollinated by bats. 978-1-4598-0582-8

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