February 12, 2009

Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 3:36 am by suebe2

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Trout Are Made of Trees (AR 3 . 3 )

 By April Pulley Sayre

Illustrated by Kate Endle

Charlesbridge

Sayre successfully presents the web of life to younger children in this simple nonfiction picture book.  She begins with a leaf falling into a stream.  As the leaf decomposes it is eaten by insects who are eaten by trout.  Families camping catch the trout and have them for dinner.

Wait!  Wait!   When you tell it like that, it sounds potentially gruesome, but it isn’t.  Details are age appropriate and thus are not likely to offend.  For children who are ready for a bit more information, there’s an extensive author’s note.  I was impressed by how Sayre has managed to explain stream ecology in simple, straightforward terms. 

Endle’s collage illustrations depict the various animals in authentic detail.  Her colors are earthy and rich.

This book is a must for young nature lovers and kids who are nuts about science.  Try it as a read aloud and share it with the whole family.

–SueBE

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