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A Forest in the City

by Andrea Curtis, illustrated by Pierre Pratt

tagged: trees & forests, biology, environmental conservation & protection
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This beautiful book of narrative non-fiction looks at the urban forest and dives into the question of how we can live in harmony with city trees.

“Imagine a city draped in a blanket of green … Is this the city you know?”

A Forest in the City looks at the urban forest, starting with a bird’s-eye view of the tree canopy, then swooping down to street level, digging deep into the ground, then moving up through a tree’s trunk, back into the leaves and branches.

Trees make our cities more beautiful and provide shade but they also fight climate change and pollution, benefit our health and connections to one another, provide food and shelter for wildlife, and much more. Yet city trees face an abundance of problems, such as the abundance of concrete, poor soil and challenging light conditions.

So how can we create a healthy environment for city trees? Urban foresters are trying to create better growing conditions, plant diverse species, and maintain trees as they age. These strategies, and more, reveal that the urban forest is a complex system—A Forest in the City shows readers we are a part of it.

Includes a list of activities to help the urban forest and a glossary.

The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people act as advocates for themselves and their communities.

Key Text Features
author's note

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

About the Authors

Andrea Curtis

ANDREA CURTIS writes for children and adults. When she’s not reading or teaching writing to kids, she can be found hiking, swimming, running, hitting balls or trying to stand on her head (not all at the same time). She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family.

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Pierre Pratt is an internationally acclaimed illustrator of over fifty books for children. Pierre's honors include three Governor General's Awards for Illustration and a prestigious Golden Apple Award. He divides his time between Lisbon, Portugal, and Montreal, Canada.
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Contributor Notes

Andrea Curtis once planted trees in Northern Ontario and is now an author of books for children and adults. Her children’s non-fiction titles include Eat This!, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and What’s for Lunch?, named to VOYA’s Honor List. She has also written the young adult novel Big Water. Her adult books include Into the Blue, winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, and The Stop (with co-author Nick Saul), winner of the Heritage Toronto Award of Merit and a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. Andrea lives with her family in Toronto.

Pierre Pratt is the award-winning illustrator of more than seventy books for children. He has won the Golden Apple and Golden Plaque at the Biennial of Illustration in Bratislava, the UNICEF Prize in Bologna and a Totem at the Montreuil Salon du Livre in France. Other awards include the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award (Illustration) three times. He has also been a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Pierre divides his time between Montreal and Lisbon.

Recommended Age and Grade
8 to 12
3 to 7
Editorial Review

Praise for author Andrea Curtis and illustrator Pierre Pratt for A Forest in the City:

“The vital importance of the urban forest in relation to the welfare of city dwellers is presented with interesting information and lush illustrations. Useful for reports, projects, and classroom activities.” — School Library Journal

“[A] book for budding environmentalists.” — Booklist

“[A] comprehensive source for those interested in arboriculture and ecology.” — Publishers Weekly

“[A] well-researched resource.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

A Forest in the City … by Toronto writer Andrea Curtis, tells everything you need to know about city trees …[b]eautiful (mainly green) gouache illustrations by Montreal artist Pierre Pratt help make this book for 8- to 11-year-olds an attractive choice.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“A good resource for upper elementary and middle school students who are looking at city planning and environmental impact.” — The International Educator Blog

“This is a beautifully illustrated, very visually appealing picture book that brings up some big questions in an accessible, kid-friendly way.” — Eat. Live. Travel. Write. Blog

Praise for Andrea Curtis and Eat This!:

“Copious kid-friendly information on a vitally important topic, stylishly presented, makes this book essential. Knowledge is power.” — Kirkus, starred review

“With appealing design and timely, research-based information, this will be a welcome addition to most library collections.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for Andrea Curtis and What’s for Lunch?:

“This survey of foods that international children eat for school lunch emphasizes differences while pointing to the interconnectivity of world ecology…. Curtis crafts a holistic conversation about health, poverty, and sustainability…” — Publisher’s Weekly

Praise for author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Pierre Pratt for The New Animal:

“[T]he elongated style of the vibrantly colored artwork strikes just the right note of humor and whimsy.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for author Heather Tekavec and illustrator Pierre Pratt for Stop, Thief!:

“The full-color gouache art has a breezy immediacy that gives a sense of palpable movement as the dog dashes and the animals munch” — School Library Journal

Praise for author Remy Simard and Pierre Pratt for Gustave:

“Strikingly illustrated in a painterly style reminiscent of Whistler’s nightscapes.” — Kirkus Reviews

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