Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Tony Johnston
Illustrator: Wendell Minor
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
A giant sequoia weathers many seasons and has unique experiences being such a tall tree in the forest. From the changing weather patterns of the seasons to natural disasters like forest fires, the sequoia tree withstands it all and thrives. This ancient tree provides home, food, and respite for all sorts of forest animals and observes their migration and hibernation. The last pages provide factual pieces of information about the habitat and physical characteristics of sequoia trees.
This text has some amazing paintings to draw the reader in and give them a glimpse of what a giant sequoia tree experiences. The detailed pictures will keep children interested as the dialogue is rather advanced. Although this book is meant for elementary-aged readers, the poetry is hard to read as its clumsy word structure may be difficult for young readers to understand. This book is best read aloud with discussions of the abstract ideas presented.