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Branching Out
How Trees Are Part of Our World
By (author): Joan Marie Galat Drawings by: Wendy Ding
9781771470827 Paperback English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Trees & Forests Oct 15, 2014
$13.95 CAD
Active 8.5 x 10 x 0.19 in | 256 gr 64 pages Owlkids Books Inc.
Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Sustainable Literature 2015 A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens (starred selection) 2015 An Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Book 2014 Exporting Alberta Award (honorable mention) 2015 A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens (starred selection) 2015
Trees have been around for nearly 400 million years, and today about 25,000 species of trees have been identified. We’ve relied on trees for everything from fuel, food, and medicine to building railways. Today, trees still touch our lives in countless ways. But what do we really know about them?

Branching Out takes an in-depth look at these incredible plants, introducing the basics of tree biology and profiling 11 different trees from around the world, including familiar ones such as the red maple as well as lesser-known trees, like the tall-stilted mangrove. It showcases the inextricable ways trees are part of our society, culture, and economy. It also outlines how animals need trees – and sometimes even help trees survive through symbiosis. Full of useful facts and rounded out with a section on conservation, Branching Out is an essential primer that will leave young readers wanting to treat trees as well as they have treated us.

JOAN MARIE GALAT is the Alberta-based author of ten books, including the bestselling and award winning Dot to Dot in the Sky series. With a background in biological sciences and ecology, Joan often writes on topics relating to natural history. She operates MoonDot Media, a communications business offering writing and editing solutions in broadcast, print, and multimedia. Joan edits a magazine and takes on freelance work that has included CBC Radio features, multimedia content, web writing, speech writing, exhibit text, consulting, educational projects, and much more.

​WENDY DING is an illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Her specialty is digital illustration in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. She currently works full time as an apparel graphic designer and is available for freelance work weeknights and weekends. Wendy holds a BAA: Illustration degree from Sheridan Institute. Born in China in 1984, Wendy was no stranger to whimsical cartoons, stickers, and endless picture books growing up. A brief stay in the UK just before her teens introduced her to Barbie and the western world. Her inspiration comes from fashion, music, pin-up girls, and food. 80s and late 90s pop music will always have a special place in her heart. Some of her idols are Josephine Baker, Cyd Charisse, and Michael Jackson.

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