Eureka! Award for Outstanding Nonfiction: Welcome to the tallest known tree on earth, located in Redwood National Park in northern California. More than twelve hundred years old, it is approximately 380 feet tall--and still climbing!
The tree in this book sprouted, flourished, and survived ecological threats for over twelve hundred years before being discovered by tall-tree researchers. The coast redwood tree provides a unique ecosystem for the many plants and animals in its tree canopy and managed to survive extensive harvesting nearby. Discovered in 2006, the tree's location is kept secret to protect it!
James Wheeler, 30+ year former Park Ranger/Interpreter, Redwood National and State Parks: "I think your story, Stretch to the Sun, along with Susan Swan's illustrations will be a captivating read for young minds. In addition to the story of the survival of the tallest tree, you've woven the basics of ecology in a coast redwood forest, including how the dominating ancient trees become vertical layers of habitat for both plants and animals. The illustrations convey the deepness and intricacy of the ancient redwood forest. For a young person, the book may spark an interest they carry throughout their lives."
School and Library Journal review: ..."Lyrical and gentle text, with a bit of understated repetition, sets the scene; this work begs to be read aloud."
Jennifer the Librarian, Jean Little Library: "A richly illustrated story of an amazing tree, this is a great addition to STEM storytimes and outdoor investigations. Children will be eager to search for the animals hidden in the leafy art and the poetic text will make a good read-aloud for strong listeners."
Nancy Castaldo, award-winning children's book author, SEEDS, BACK FROM THE BRINK, SNIFFER DOGS, etc.: "I had a sneak peek at this picture book yesterday and was blown away. The illustrations are just exquisite. Through collage, the artist has brought all the elements of forest life to the page. Readers will find themselves exploring the forest and discovering insects, birds, mammals, and lizards peeking out from behind leaves and branches just as if they were using careful, quiet observation skills in an actual forest. Carrie Pearson's text is beautifully written and well researched. This is a fun read aloud with lots of great word choices. A fantastic celebration of a forest ecosystem and a homage to old growth forests!