The Wisdom of Trees by Lita Judge
I fell in love with trees, as I think most people do, for their majestic beauty and strength above ground. But below ground they are super organisms, communicating with one another, feeding one another, working together to ward off attacking insects, and literally helping one another survive disease and injury. They have a sense of community and a cooperative wisdom. Their survival depends on the whole community working together. While writing and illustrating this book I had set out to learn about trees, but instead, I realized I was learning from them.
Macmillan's Description: A lyrical and informational nonfiction picture book that tells the story of trees and the hidden ecosystems they create.
Trees may seem like stoic, independent organisms, but in fact, they are nature's number one community builders. They create intricate networks in their environments that go far beyond offering a hollow log for a home or seeds for food.
In this stunning nonfiction picture book, Lita Judge pairs poems with factoid sidebars to tell the remarkable story of trees. Packed with accessible information and finely illustrated, The Wisdom of Trees is a fascinating exploration of how trees communicate, learn from their ancestors, and give back to their communities.