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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Stretch to the Sun

Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth 
by Carrie A. Pearson
illustrated by Susan Swan
Charlesbridge, 2018
Grades K-4

The reviewer received a copy of the book from the publisher.

Upon opening this gorgeous science picture book, readers are transported into the Redwood Forest. The narrative writing style reads like poetry as the author describes the sights and sounds of the forest.

Pop! A tiny tree,
no bigger than a pinky finger,
sprouts from the stump of the fallen tree.
The sprout needs light, it stretches toward the sun.

Lush illustrations depict the trees and animals found in the Redwood Forest. Swan uses hand painted papers, found objects and Adobe Photoshop to create detailed, textured illustrations that reflect the richness of the forest canopy.

Stretch to the Sun is both a tribute to redwoods and a call to action to protect the trees and their habitat. Don't miss the back matter containing more detailed information about conservation efforts.

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