Before We Stood Tall:  From Small Seed to Mighty Tree by Jessica Kulekjian
Hachette Book Group

Before We Stood Tall: From Small Seed to Mighty Tree by Jessica Kulekjian

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xpressive text and art tell the story of the life cycle of trees as it has never been told before --- in reverse.

Here's a lyrical depiction of the life cycle of trees, told one step at a time, based on newly researched information. The steps are described in simple but evocative text, each starting with “Before . . .” for a rhythmic telling. For example, “Before we stood tall, we clothed ourselves in bark and crowned ourselves in leaves, waving eagerly at the sun.” Particular attention is paid throughout to what's happening underground and how that links all life in the forest. Beginning with mature giants, “mighty in the kingdom of trees,” and ending with the promise of new life on the branches that are “hoping to be mighty in the kingdom of trees,” it's a beautiful and loving celebration of the circle of life.