The Wisdom of Trees by Lita Judge

Have you ever wondered what trees are thinking? No? Of course, trees don’t think, you say. Is there anything that could change your mind.

The Picture Book of the Week is The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom, written and illustrated by Lita Judge.

About the Book:

The Wisdom of Trees is a non-fiction book about an aspect of trees that has only recently been understood. Trees, it turns out, can be very chatty. They use a system dubbed the Wood Wide Web by scientists, whereby they send chemical and electrical signals to each other using a fungus that lives around their roots. They warn each other of danger. They let each other know when they are sick and need help getting food. They let each other know when it is time to sleep. These are just a few of the fascinating facts conveyed in The Wisdom of Trees. Each section also has a poem that helps tell the trees’ story.

Writing Exercise:

The Wisdom of Trees is non-fiction. This week you can challenge your kids to go outside and study a bird, a flower, a squirrel — anything in nature. Have them take notes and then write about it. It doesn’t have to be book length. Let their interests guide them.

Happy Writing!

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