Jane Drake and Ann Love. Illustrated by Pat Cupples.
Kindergarten - grade 4 / Ages 5 - 9.
Kids Can Press has created an informative and delightfully illustrated new series entitled Canada at Work. The series features such titles as Farming and Forestry, both of which it has been my pleasure to review. (See the review of Farming in the November 1 issue of CM.)
Forestry introduces the reader to Cameron, whose Uncle Erik works as a forester. Uncle Erik invites Cameron for a day in the forest to show him what forestry work is like. Uncle Erik shows him that for every tree that is cut down two seedlings are planted.
This wonderful twenty-four by twenty-one cm book is a storehouse of information about responsible forest management. The authors teach both children and adults about the proper growing of seedlings in greenhouses, tree planting, the tools used for planting and harvesting, and forest fire control. The book describes various duties, such as tree marking, and equipment like eco-loggers, booms, log ladders and heading saws. Forestry also describes the transportation of felled trees, the processing of trees into various products, and poses a discussion of clear cutting verses selective cutting.
Forestry is highly recommended to both urban and rural schools and libraries. It's a read-aloud book to be shared with young children that older children will enjoy reading themselves.
Michele F. Kallio is a former teacher/librarian living in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick.
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