Tree Beings

We depend on trees for our survival, yet few of us understand just how fascinating these beings really are. With a foreword by the world-renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall, Tree Beings is an adventure through the secret world of trees. Challenging the perception that trees are just ‘silent statues’, it focuses on four big ideas:

  • Trees give life to the planet.
  • Trees can help save us from climate change.
  • Trees are like beings.
  • Trees need our help and protection.

Along the way, you’ll meet some of the scientists and explorers who helped uncover the mysteries of the world’s oldest living things. You’ll encounter the eccentric British professor who travelled the world for seventy years telling people how trees can save us, and you’ll learn about the 9-year-old-boy who has a plan to plant a trillion trees to save the planet!

You’ll also learn the science behind trees, including discoveries about how they ‘talk’ and why they are our best allies in the fight to slow down climate change. Explore tree wisdom from many different cultures and some famous and fascinating tree species, brought to life in a vibrant combination of illustrations and text.

Trees are essential to our world. Tree Beings is your guide to appreciating trees through the stories of people who love them. So strap on your hiking boots, and enjoy this informative adventure through the wonderful world of Tree Beings!

Download the Teacher’s Notes Here!

Specifications: 9781925820539 | Hardback | 280 x 245mm / 11 x 9.5in | 96 Pages | Colour

Raymond Huber is a children’s author, teacher, and editor, and was the Creative NZ-Otago University Writer in Residence in 2018. His work includes acclaimed picture books, (Flight of the Honey Bee and Gecko), junior sci-fi novels about bees, (Sting and Wings), and the young adult novel Peace Warriors. Raymond has also written many educational books. Raymond is donating half of his royalties of Tree Beings to the Goodall Institute, for their kid’s programme Roots and Shoots.

Sandra Severgnini owned an art gallery and retail store before finally deciding it was well and truly time to nurture her lifetime passion and focus on children’s picture books. Her fascination with the magical natural world around her inspires her words and brings sensitivity and humor to her illustrations.

Dr. Jane Goodall (foreword) is one of the world’s foremost primatologists and anthropologists. Through nearly 60 years of groundbreaking work, Jane has highlighted the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction, and has redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

The Sapling
“This book is utterly enchanting. It’s somewhat unusual to find a children’s book with a foreword from the best-known primatologist in the world, Dr Jane Goodall, but I can see why she lent her name to this collection of true stories about environmental change-makers.” Click here to read more


Organic Gardener  
“a delightful and enriching exploration of tree heroes and saviours that will appeal to kids and adults alike. It is exquisitely illustrated”


Kids Book Review
“For those looking for something extraordinary, full of facts, figures, challenges, information and education that will change their view on living things, here it is!”  Click here to read more


Good Organic Gardening
“this beautiful children’s book … is simple without talking down to its readers”


Highlife Magazine
“I hope that many children all over the world will read Tree Beings and understand the importance of trees” says Dr Jane Goodall on the back of this lovely, informative children’s book, and it’s hard to get a better endorsement than that.”


Reading Time
“If the young read this book and take notice, there is still time for our planet..” Click here to read in full


The Bottom Shelf
“Written for independent readers in a style that draws them in and keeps them reading, and beautifully illustrated with diagrams, vignettes, close-ups all botanically correct, this is a stunning book that will be eye-opening to many. Trees are so much more than a home for a bird..”.Click here to read in full 


Pinerolo
“this excellent non-fiction book, illustrated on every page, emphasises the importance of trees and forests to life on our planet. Recommended for all ages.”


School Days
“A special book that many families will want to keep in their library and pass down the generations to follow.” Click here to read in full


South Sydney Herald
 “this fascinating book is much more than a primer on how planting trees and preventing deforestation might save us from the devastating effects of climate change. Introduced by renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, it features stories of significant tree conservationists, scientists and protestors who’ve protected our forests and informed our understanding of trees (which I learned are the oldest living beings on earth and have their own methods of communication).” Click here to read


Educate. Empower
“Tree Beings is a must have book for ALL homes and classrooms and with great teacher notes – you’ll know just how to implement the lessons into the classroom.” Click here to read in full


Daily Telegraph
“this book is good for the soul. It’s a celebration of trees, their irreplaceable value in our world. An absolutely must-have book.”


Science teachers of Victoria
‘Tree Beings’ has the ‘wow’ factor and a message that should inspire students to take an interest in not only the environment but especially in trees”


Newly With Kids
“Far from being an academic book, Tree Beings is brought to life through its beautiful illustrations. The detail is exquisite”.

ACROSS THE MARGIN : THE PODCAST — TREE BEINGS

Across The Margin : The Podcast – Tree Beings

Across The Margin: The Podcast presents an episode featuring an ode to trees, the tall, silent, and vital wonders that provide so much life and shelter to the world… “Every time we destroy a forest we are stealing a little bit of our future.”

Dim’s Write Stuff Reading Time
“Every single thing about this exquisite publication is tactile bliss.” Click here to read


Madison from Wild Ozark Reviews
“But honestly, it’s really good reading for anyone of any age. We can never get too old to care about the trees. We can never get too old to take even what seems to us to be small measures to advocate for them.” Click here to read


Orange Marmalade’s Jill Swanson Reviews
“One of the things I especially like about this book is its narrative format. It reads like a storybook. The colorful, child-friendly artwork complements that. There is nothing stiff or dry in the whole package.” Click here to read


My Muskoka’s Jennifer Jilks – review
“It’s a rich, deep book that talks about many people who have made an influence in nature.” Click here to read


Bookworm for Kids’ Tonja Drecker – review
“My favorite aspect of this book are the illustrations. Not only do they accompany the information and help readers to better understand the information being brought across, but they are lovingly done. The respect for trees radiates from every page and is impossible to ignore. Plus, it’s simply a joy to flip through the pages and discover the artwork.” Click here to read

 

 

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