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Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth

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Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth

A story of survival.

A story of strength.

Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth is a narrative nonfiction picture book about the tallest tree on earth. For over 1200 years, this giant coast redwood has survived enormous natural challenges but its biggest adversaries — and saviors — were people.

Through this “tree-ography,” learn about the amazingly rich canopy ecosystem that exists hundreds of feet in the air and far beyond our limited sight from the forest floor. This book will appeal to fans of ecoliteracy, nature, trees, and forest creatures and those who are interested in the social history of saving ancient species for the next generations.

  • Recipient of a silver Eureka! Award from the California Reading Association for “outstanding nonfiction.”
  • ​Great Lakes, Great Reads Award 2019-2020 nominee

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“Lyrical and gentle text, with a bit of understated repetition, sets the scene; this work begs to be read aloud.” —School and Library Journal review

“I think your story, Stretch to the Sun, along with Susan Swan’s illustrations will be a captivating read for young minds. In addition to the story of the survival of the tallest tree, you’ve woven the basics of ecology in a coast redwood forest, including how the dominating ancient trees become vertical layers of habitat for both plants and animals.  The illustrations convey the deepness and intricacy of the ancient redwood forest.  For a young person, the book may spark an interest they carry throughout their lives.” —James Wheeler, 30 year Park Ranger/Interpreter, Redwood National and State Parks

“A richly illustrated story of an amazing tree, this is a great addition to STEM storytimes and outdoor investigations. Children will be eager to search for the animals hidden in the leafy art and the poetic text will make a good read-aloud for strong listeners.” —​Jennifer the Librarian, Jean Little Library, Verdict

Thank you for sending me a copy of Stretch to the Sun and thank you for helping to spread the love of the natural world to future generations. Rosalyn joins me in sending you our best wishes for continued success.”

Sincerely,
Jimmy Carter

A Warm Winter Tail

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A Warm Winter Tail

  • Gelett Burgess Award, Nature For All Ages
  • ​Michigan Reading Association’s Great Lakes, Great Reads program nominee

Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter or cool in the summer? They wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same adaptation strategies they do. Educational backmatter enhances and extends the story and provides another springboard to inquiry. True information delivered through the fictional voices of a variety of young animals.

Available in e-book, hardcover, paperback, and in Spanish all formats.

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“A cozy ‘tail’ compares the adaptations animals and humans have for surviving winter’s chill. Baby animals ask grown-ups how humans keep warm in the winter. The wide variety of animals portrayed ensures that most winter adaptations are covered, though camouflage is lacking. … Wald’s lifelike illustrations incorporate speech bubbles for the babies’ questions and include humorous imaginings of how humans would look with animals’ adaptations, e.g., a child with butterfly wings.” —Kirkus

“Eleven different animals are featured in this picture book which can be read as a stand-alone or as an introduction to a variety of science topics.  School librarians and teachers will enjoy the additional information presented in ‘For Creative Minds’ (backmatter) and, especially, the additional activities offered online through the publisher’s website. The teaching activities are cross-curricular and there are interactive quizzes available.”  —Sheila Acosta, Children’s Librarian, Cody Library, San Antonio, Texas

“Highly Recommended” —Review Library Media Connection

A Cool Summer Tail

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A Cool Summer Tail

A companion book to A WARM WINTER TAIL

When summer heats up, animals find ways to stay cool. Do they dig under the dirt, grow special summer hair, or only come out at night? This companion to the popular picture book, A Warm Winter Tail, features many of same animals, but this time, with their summer adaptations, offering an important “compare and contrast” opportunity and a springboard to additional inquiry.

True information delivered through the fictional voices of a variety of young animals.

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“…Budding naturalists will come away with a sense of the variety of ways wild animals living in temperate climates stay cool.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In this story, readers can compare themselves to animals and their methods of staying cool in the summer. Students will learn about painted turtles swimming in ponds, black-capped chickadees perching in the shade, and wood frogs digging in the dirt.” —Library Media Connection