Branching Out

By Joan Marie Galat and Wendy Ding

From 8 to 12 | 64 pages

Trees have been around for nearly 400 million years, and today about 25,000 species of trees have been identified. We've relied on trees for everything from fuel, food, and medicine to building railways. Today, trees still touch our lives in countless ways. But what do we really know about them?

Branching Out takes an in-depth look at these incredible plants, introducing the basics of tree biology and profiling 11 different trees from around the world, including familiar ones such as the red maple as well as lesser-known trees, like the tall-stilted mangrove. It showcases the inextricable ways trees are part of our society, culture, and economy. It also outlines how animals need trees – and sometimes even help trees survive through symbiosis. Full of useful facts and rounded out with a section on conservation, Branching Out is an essential primer that will leave young readers wanting to treat trees as well as they have treated us.

"An informed and elegant introduction to trees as resources for humans and animals, objects of natural beauty, and sources of inspiration."
- Publishers Weekly
"Trees matter in our world. ...An informative introduction for middle-grade readers, especially useful in schools." - Kirkus Reviews
"...this well-designed book offers solid information appropriate for both school reports and real-world investigations." - Booklist
"Full of useful information and eye-catching images ... A solid overview." - School Library Journal
"Young botanists will enjoy this homage to trees and casual readers will be inspired to look more carefully at these ubiquitous but essential plants." - Library Media Connection
"A beautiful and informative book that will find a welcome home on classroom shelves." - Quill & Quire
"Joan Marie Galat has wisely chosen examples of how humans use trees that will appeal to youth while still conveying the importance of each tree to the local ecosystem. Young readers who enjoy nonfiction and have an interest in environmental issues will enjoy this book." - Canadian Review of Materials
"...an excellent job of placing trees within their larger context and demonstrating just how important they are to humans, animals, and the planet. This is a perfect book to dip into for a science project or to awaken a child's interest in the natural world." - National Reading Campaign
Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, 2015
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens (starred selection), 2015
An Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Book, 2014
Exporting Alberta Award (honorable mention), 2015
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens (starred selection), 2015

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