"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.