Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Big Tree, by Mary & Conrad Buff

This book summarizes the life of the oldest Redwood tree in the American northwest, from sprouting thousands of years ago until conservation of the area began to protect this tree and others like it from being cut down for human use.

I was not the proper audience for this book.  Because the story spans thousands of years, it is told as short vignettes from different times- the lives of animals living nearby, fire passing through, Indians hunting nearby. . . because Wawona (the tree) is immobile, his perspective is limited and his voice is slow and generally passive.  Honestly, I was bored.  But this one may have more appeal for wildlife lovers or conservationists.  It does have some accurate and well-done black-and-white illustrations.

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