paper, 32 p., $3.95
Part of a series called Eyewitness Readers, designed to take young children through several levels of reading skills, The Secret Life of Trees is pegged at Level 2 readers, grades 1 to 3, when children are beginning to read alone. It's nicely photographed and artfully laid out, with an engaging text that offers a multitude of facts about trees. It includes not only the basics, such as kinds of trees, but also plenty of information on their roots, leaves and seeds, as well as where and how they grow. There are interesting details on the oldest tree, the tallest tree and how deep roots descend. This is a really good book for a child to practice reading, and learn a great deal about trees at the same time.
— Jim Kemper