Rise to the Sky: How the World’s Tallest Trees Grow Up

Millbrook. Apr. 2023. 32p. Tr $20.99. ISBN 9781728440873.
PreS-Gr 3–When people think of the tallest living thing, animals may come to mind at first. But trees hold this distinct honor, and the tallest among them are found only in a few select locations around the world. From tiny seeds, trees dig their roots deep into the ground and, with enough water, sunlight, and carbon dioxide, they can eventually reach the sky. This charming story is a love letter to the tenacity of trees to grow for hundreds or even thousands of years and become the highest they can be. The primary text is designed for young children, using limited words and poetic language to describe trees in a complete yet accessible way. Throughout the book, readers will also find details embedded within the illustrations that provide greater context for older children. At the end, even more detail is given through diagrams, activity guides, and a list of titles for further investigation. One of the most notable elements is the collage-style illustrations that use cut paper to depict not only the trees and their environment but the scientific details as well. This design gives the book a tactile appearance and connects the visual of the paper to the trees that provided it.
VERDICT This is a captivating nonfiction title that will appeal to preschoolers as well as older readers thanks to its versatile presentation.

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