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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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list price: $16.95
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published: Apr 2020
pages: 40
ISBN:9781773061436
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

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
diagrams
author's note
glossary
sources
definitions

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7
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.

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 studied graphic design at Ahuntsic College in Montreal. Since 1990, he has illustrated (and also written) close to fifty books for children. He has won several prizes, including the Governor General's Award of Canada three times, a Golden Apple and a Golden Plate in Bratislava, a Totem at the Montreuil Salon du Livre in France, a UNICEF Prize in Bologna, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, the Elizabeth Cleaver Prize, the Mr. Christie Book Award and the TD Children's Literature Award. In 2008, he represented Canada for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Commended, Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year
Editorial Reviews

[A] book for budding environmentalists

— Booklist

[A] comprehensive source for those interested in arboriculture and ecology.

— Publisher's Weekly

[A] Forest in the City clearly makes the case for the role of the next generation of stewards … Two green thumbs up.

— Our Forest

[A] well-researched resource.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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 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

[An] impressively illustrated and engaging book.

— ETFO Voice

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