The Secret Life of Trees: Explore the forests of the world, with Oakheart the Brave (Stars of Nature #1) (Hardcover)

The Secret Life of Trees: Explore the forests of the world, with Oakheart the Brave (Stars of Nature #1) By Moira Butterfield, Vivian Mineker (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Secret Life of Trees: Explore the forests of the world, with Oakheart the Brave (Stars of Nature #1) (Hardcover)


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Take in the knowledge and wisdom of a wise old oak tree as he shares with beautiful illustrations, science facts, and folk tales what he has learned in his 500 years on earth.

My arms stretch out all day long.
I can be climbed,
but I’m not a mountain.
What am I?
I am Oakheart,

the oldest tree in the forest!

Did you know that trees can talk to each other? Or that the oldest living thing is a tree? Let the ancient and mysterious Oakheart, the oldest and wisest tree in the forest, lead you through this enchanting guide to trees.

In The Secret Life of Trees, Oakheart the Brave shares his own experiences as well as what he has heard on the wind and the things whispered to him by animals over his long life, beginning with his start as a tiny acorn buried underground by a mouse. Learn all about:
  • How trees grow and survive
  • The different parts of trees, inside and out, and what they do
  • The many different types of forests and trees of the world
  • The tallest, oldest, biggest, and widest trees
  • The creatures and organisms that depend on trees
  • Why trees are so important to humans
  • Tips on how to help trees thrive
  • Tree folklore from around the world
This collection of delightful traditional stories and engaging facts will impart a love of nature, and inspire you to look after the world around you. Whimsical and detailed illustrations have pride of place in magical tales that mix natural history with a splash of fantasy, creating a book that you will pore over time and again.

Moira Butterfield is an internationally-published children’s book author. Her work includes picture books, board books, fiction, and highly-commended non-fiction books that seek to spark a child’s imagination about our world. She studied literature and has lived in and traveled to many places across the world. She currently lives in Bath, UK, with her family, where she loves to cycle, sew, and sing. 

Vivian Mineker is a Taiwanese American from Taipei and Portland, currently working out of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her interest in art began at a young age, using drawing to express herself and her inner imaginary world. She uses watercolor, colored pencil, and digital processes to create a blend of traditional texture with a modern look and feel.

Product Details ISBN: 9780711250024
ISBN-10: 0711250022
Publisher: words & pictures
Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Stars of Nature
"A sweet sifting of tree-and forest-related facts and folklore.""
 —Kirkus Reviews

"A well-constructed, informative, and entertaining book about trees."School Library Journal