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Who's in Maxine's Tree
By (author): Diane Carmel Léger Illustrated by: Darlene Gait
9781551433462 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment Mar 01, 2006
$21.95 CAD
Inactive 10 x 9 x 0.3 in | 360 gr 32 pages full color images Orca Book Publishers
Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2006, Commended
A giant Sitka spruce and an endangered seabird protect each other from extinction.

Maxine loves her giant tree in the Walbran Valley, but as she gazes at clearcuts from the car window, she worries. What if her tree is gone? Her family and friends trek through the old growth forest, and Maxine runs on ahead to check. Yes, her tree is there. She stands at its foot and listens, but it doesn't make its special sound, "Keer, keer." She will soon learn that "Keer, keer" is the sound a marbled murrelet (a mamu) makes. The mamu is an endangered seabird that flies far from the sea to nest in the high flat branches of the Sitka spruce. When a tree-climber confirms the presence of a mamu nest, Maxine's tree will be safe forever.

Diane Carmel Léger grew up in the Acadian village of Memramcook, New Brunswick. For 20 years, she lived in Victoria, British Columbia, where she taught French Immersion and wrote books in French and English. Diane has left the West but a little part of herself stayed behind in the virgin rainforests of Vancouver Island where her family was involved in saving some of the world's tallest trees. Diane has toured schools in Canada and the United States since 1991. For more information, visit

Darlene Gait was born on Vancouver Island and began painting as a child. Inspired by nature and by her Coast Salish heritage, Darlene brings a rich understanding of the natural world to her work, which is held in private collections and exhibited worldwide. Darlene lives in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia. For more information, please visit

"The book displays a heart-felt deep-rooted concern for the environment...(it would) work well in a lesson the classroom concerning the rain forest, clear-cutting and the struggle in the early 1990s to preserve the old growth forest..." - Genevieve Valleau, CM Magazine

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