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Trees, Leaves & Bark
by Diane Burns
Burns book contains brief, introductory information for fifteen American trees, including the lifespan and uses of the wood. A color drawing of the mature tree and a close-up of the leaf help to further identify the tree. Descriptions and illustrations are also given for the seeds and the detail of the bark. In clear and simple terms, readers can also learn how to make a bark-rubbing poster and a leaf mobile, and how to grow a tree from seed. (Children's Literature) Part of the Take-Along Guide series.


The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

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The Lorax
by Dr. Seuss
The now remorseful Once-ler chances upon a place filled with wondrous Truffula Trees. Bewitched by the beauty of the Truffula Tree tufts, he greedily chops them down to produce and mass-market Thneeds. As the trees swiftly disappear, the fuzzy yellow Lorax repeatedly warns the Once-ler, but his words of wisdom are for naught. With this colorful and compelling morality play, Dr. Seuss teaches readers not to fool with Mother Nature. But as you might expect from Seuss, all hope is not lost. the Once-ler has saved a single Truffula Tree seed. Our fate now rests in the hands of a caring child, who becomes our last chance for a clean, green future.

The Treasure Tree: Helping Kids Understand Their Personality
by John Trent
Because four best friends (a lion, otter, golden retriever, and beaver) have the same birthday, they receive one gift from Wise Old Owl -- a treasure map that will help them find the golden keys to the Treasure Tree. Every friend must employ their own abilities, and they learn to appreciate their own personalities and to respect the attributes of others as well.


Miss Twiggley's Tree
by Dorothea Warren Fox
Why did Miss Twiggley live in a tree? Why did she send her dog, Puss, out to do the shopping? Why did she always run away and hide when people came to visit? It was rumored that Miss Twiggley had even more peculiar habits... But when a hurricane hits the town and the water rises, everyone is grateful to Miss Twiggley and her tree. Even better, Miss Twiggley herself learns a very important lesson, with a warm and happy ending.



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