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Tree: A Life Story

by David Suzuki, Wayne Grady
Illustrator Robert Bateman

GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD | February 9, 2007 | Trade Paperback |

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"Only God can make a tree," wrote Joyce Kilmer in one of the most celebrated of poems. In Tree: A Life Story, authors David Suzuki and Wayne Grady extend that celebration in a "biography" of this extraordinary-and extraordinarily important-organism. A story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions but focuses on a single tree, a Douglas fir, Tree describes in poetic detail the organism''s modest origins that begin with a dramatic burst of millions of microscopic grains of pollen. The authors recount the amazing characteristics of the species, how they reproduce and how they receive from and offer nourishment to generations of other plants and animals. The tree''s pivotal role in making life possible for the creatures around it-including human beings-is lovingly explored. The richly detailed text and Robert Bateman''s original art pay tribute to this ubiquitous organism that is too often taken for granted. Also available in hardcover.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: February 9, 2007

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155365126X

ISBN - 13: 9781553651260

Found in: Science and Nature

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Tree: A Life Story

Tree: A Life Story

by David Suzuki, Wayne Grady
Illustrator Robert Bateman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: February 9, 2007

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155365126X

ISBN - 13: 9781553651260

About the Book

"Only God can make a tree," wrote Joyce Kilmer in one of the most celebrated of poems. In "Tree: A Life Story," authors David Suzuki and Wayne Grady extend that celebration in a "biography" of this extraordinary -- and extraordinarily important -- organism. A story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions but focuses on a single tree, a Douglas fir, "Tree" describes in poetic detail the organism's modest origins that begin with a dramatic burst of millions of microscopic grains of pollen. The authors recount the amazing characteristics of the species, how they reproduce and how they receive from and offer nourishment to generations of other plants and animals. The tree's pivotal role in making life possible for the creatures around it -- including human beings -- is lovingly explored. The richly detailed text and Robert Bateman's original art pay tribute to this ubiquitous organism that is too often taken for granted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1 Birth 2 Taking Root 3 Growth 4 Maturity 5 Death Selected References

From the Publisher

"Only God can make a tree," wrote Joyce Kilmer in one of the most celebrated of poems. In Tree: A Life Story, authors David Suzuki and Wayne Grady extend that celebration in a "biography" of this extraordinary-and extraordinarily important-organism. A story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions but focuses on a single tree, a Douglas fir, Tree describes in poetic detail the organism''s modest origins that begin with a dramatic burst of millions of microscopic grains of pollen. The authors recount the amazing characteristics of the species, how they reproduce and how they receive from and offer nourishment to generations of other plants and animals. The tree''s pivotal role in making life possible for the creatures around it-including human beings-is lovingly explored. The richly detailed text and Robert Bateman''s original art pay tribute to this ubiquitous organism that is too often taken for granted. Also available in hardcover.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

About the Author

Wayne Grady is one of Canada's finest science writers and a Governor General's Award-winning translator. He has authored eleven books of nonfiction, translated fourteen novels, and edited more than a dozen anthologies of short stories and creative nonfiction.

David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things. His written work includes more than fifty-two books, nineteen of them for children. Suzuki lives with his wife, Tara Cullis, in Vancouver.

Editorial Reviews

"A wonderful book, learned but lovely, thorough but terse. It's as big as all life."-David Quammen
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