paper, 16 p., $5.95
Designed for young readers in the lower grades, this charming book describes the seasonal changes of a mature maple tree, starting in winter and ending in the autumn. Large color photographs fill every page, with two or three sentences explaining how the tree is used (sap for maple syrup!) and its physical changes over time. Summer occupies the least amount of space in terms of text and illustrations; the tree's spectacular autumn colors are hard to resist and earn the most space. For young readers curious about trees in general or maples in particular, this seasonal biography of a maple tree provides a good start into the life cycle of a tree and encourages questions about the uses of trees.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden