Tree: A Life Story

Paperback | February 9, 2007

byDavid Suzuki, Wayne GradyIllustratorRobert Bateman

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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.

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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...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.56 inPublished:February 9, 2007Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:155365126X

ISBN - 13:9781553651260

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Table of Contents

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

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“A wonderful book, learned but lovely, thorough but terse. It’s as big as all life.”—David Quammen