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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Tony Johnston, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Roaring Brook Press


Standing tall above the tree line, Sequoia stretches his ancient arms and gathers clouds to him. He watches as days, seasons, years pass by. His branches are home to owls and choirs of frogs. Beneath his broad canopy, a world grows.
This is his story. Through controlled verse and luscious illustration, Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor do justice to the enormous figure of the sequoia tree. A Neal Porter Book

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Green Earth Book Award Honor Book

Praise for Sequoia

“In quiet, lyrical text, Johnston personifies a giant sequoia tree and brings it to life.” —School Library Journal

“A giant sequoia experiences the world around "him" in Johnston's romantic, image-laden, anthropomorphic rendering of the life experiences of the largest tree on the planet.” —Kirkus Reviews


Reviews from Goodreads

Tony Johnston, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Tony Johnston has written many award-winning books for young readers, including Bone By Bone By Bone (Roaring Brook Press). Since her youth she has been devoted to nature. Mrs. Johnston has a ranch in California, where evenings she sits on the porch and gathers sunsets to her.

Wendell Minor is the illustrator of over fifty children's books including The Last Train (Roaring Brook Press, 2010). His interest in nature and the environment has taken him from the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in between, most recently the majestic sequoias in this book.

Tony Johnston

Roaring Brook Press

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