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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Review: Can you Hear the Trees Talking?

Did you know that trees in forests live in families and support each other? That family members can merge their roots together so they can exchange messages and food? And that there is a forest internet that connects trees across the forest and helps them communicate with each other?

In this amazing book, Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees, brings his message to a younger audience to help them understand the beauty and complexity of trees. 

Kids will learn how tree children grow, are protected and go to school. As well as how trees learn to adapt to their environment and know what to do in different seasons.

This book is very accessible for reading with younger primary children, but also contains some more complex scientific concepts for upper primary children. I love that it encourages kids to get out and observe trees, and to do their own research.

There are plenty of high-quality photographs, with quizzes and activities to do along the way. Kids will learn to see trees as living and feeling beings that can express fear and stress and warn other trees of danger. They will also come to understand that trees can get sick and there are ways we can help them when they do.

This is a real celebration of the wonders of nature. A reminder that trees are such an essential part of our world, from making oxygen to housing and feeding birds, insects and animals. Trees can also make us feel good and make us healthier, and it is absolutely worth our effort to help them grow.



Title: Can You Hear the Trees Talking
Author: Peter Wohllenben
Publisher: Greystone Kids, $29.99
Publication Date: October 2019
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781771644341
For ages: 7+
Type: Non-Fiction


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