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‘The Tree Book for Kids’

Arbor Day is swiftly upcoming on April 24 and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is celebrating with its very special, “sure−to−be−a−classic” The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown−ups.

This first−ever hardcover from BBG introduces children and their caregivers to the incredible world of trees with a unique combination of botanical facts and one−of−a−kind full−color artwork, to dazzling effect.

The book ignites the imagination and captures the magic and majesty of the trees while inspiring curiosity, awe, and a desire to learn more about each of the 33 different North American trees profiled in the book.

Created by renowned children’s book author and illustrator Gina Ingoglia, “The Tree Book” is a delightful presentation that readers will return to again and again — for the imaginative narration of each tree’s history and characteristics, as well as for use outdoors when exploring the towering trees all around us.

The book is a perfect tool to celebrate Arbor Day, originally conceived in 1872 as a special day for tree planting. Today, on Arbor Day, youth and adults all over the country go well beyond the original design and pay homage to trees by learning about them, creating a work of art about them, or simply just taking a walk to enjoy them.

Researched at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, “The Tree Book” features illustrations and informative text about each tree’s history, native habitat, growth habit, and special characteristics, as well as stories and folklore about the tree and its role in everyday life, offer a charming way for both children and adults to learn about and celebrate nature.

The 96−page “Tree Book” begins with an introduction to trees and details about the life of a tree — including how it eats, drinks and grows; why leaves change color; information about the tree’s skin (known as bark) and other characteristics that help with tree species identification, and why humans need trees to survive.

The book features 33 different North American trees that can be found growing across the country, from rural Georgia to neighborhoods in New York City to the suburbs of California. Each profile includes, in addition to the text, a beautiful watercolor of the tree as it appears in a particular season and life−size depictions of its bud, leaf, flower, fruit, and seed.

For more on “The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown−ups,” visit www.bbg.org.

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