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The Wisdom of Trees

The Wisdom of Trees

How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom

Lita Judge

Roaring Brook Press



With lush illustrations, poems, and accessible scientific information, The Wisdom of Trees by Lita Judge is a fascinating exploration of the hidden communities trees create to strengthen themselves and others.

We clean the air and seed the clouds, we drench the thirsty land with rain. We are like wizards.

The story of a tree is a story of community, communication, and cooperation. Although trees may seem like silent, independent organisms, they form a network buzzing with life: they talk, share food, raise their young, and offer protection. Trees thrive on diversity, learn from their ancestors, and give back to their communities. Trees not only sustain life on our planet—they can also teach us important lessons about patience, survival, and teamwork.

Praise for The Wisdom of Trees

“In poetry, prose, and art, examples from around the world teach both basic botany and current, even cutting-edge, research about trees.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Praise for Homes in the Wild:

“A must for nonfiction collections everywhere.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“An attractive, visually engaging introduction to animal homes.” —Booklist

“Solid, appealing nonfiction for the younger set.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Advanced young readers will appreciate the combination of adorable animals and sophisticated text, while others will enjoy having the details read aloud as they look at endearing kits and pups.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Praise for Born in the Wild:

“Warmly friendly and inviting for a wide range of ages.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This charming picture book presents more than 20 baby animals . . . so tenderly that readers may forget that these are wild creatures.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“An intimate study of the lives of animal babies and their parents.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A visually captivating volume on animal families.” —Booklist


Lita Judge

Lita Judge is the author and illustrator of several award-winning picture books for young readers, including When You Need Wings, How Big Were Dinosaurs?, Bird Talk, Flight School, Red Sled, and the nonfiction In the Wild series. She also wrote and illustrated an acclaimed young adult free-verse biography of Mary Shelley titled Mary’s Monster. She lives in the New Hampshire woods with her husband, two cats, and a parrot.

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Ben Conant

Roaring Brook Press

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