A Tree in a Forest - West Wind Hardwood

Book and Illustrations by Jan Thornhill

Every Christmas our daughters received a book from Santa or from his family and friends.  In 1992, our youngest received a book from Rudolf entitled A Tree in a Forest by Jan Thornhill.

It’s a wonderful little book, and an excellent life-cycle read-aloud for families and ecology units if you’re in the education system.  It’s an award-winning life of a tree book beginning with a maple seedling emerging from an old fallen log in 1763.  It follows its life for 2,010 years until finally, too weak to stand, it falls to the forest floor, starting the nurturing cycle all over again.

Gloriously illustrated book, I so desperately wanted to share some of Jan’s illustrations.  I reached out to Jan about a month ago to formally ask her approval and never heard back, so I hope she has no problem with my gentle sharing of her delightful children’s book.  Please visit her website and learn about her other books, awards and honours.  The accolades are well deserved!!

Here is an excerpt from the opening:

“Every forest is an amazing community of living things — of green plants and brilliant mushrooms, of nibbling deer and daring birds, of insects and spiders and tiny bacteria.  Each animal and plant relies in its own special way on the trees of the forest.
Trees are the biggest plants on Earth.  Their long winding roots help to hold fertile soil to the ground.  Their leaves clean and enrich the air we breathe.  They nourish and shelter and protect all kinds of other living things.
From the instant its life begins, every tree in every forest has its own special story to tell.  This is one story — the story of a maple tree.  its life begins more than two hundred years ago, long before your great-great-great-grandparents were ever born”.

Enjoy this photo essay and reach out to Jan Thornhill.  Do yourself or someone you know a favour and buy one of her books.  They are available through her website. Better yet, donate a book to your local school or library!

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