Title: This Tree Counts
Author: Alison Formento
Illustrator: Sarah Snow
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Concepts: natural resources
Review: Oak Lane School had but one tree growing behind it, so Mr. Tate and his students decided to plant some tree saplings to keep it company. Before the class started digging, Mr. Tate suggested that the children listen carefully to the tree’s story and that they think about all that trees have to offer.
Illustrated with striking collages, this new book for young readers begins as a counting book and transitions into a narrative about how people and the ecosystem benefit from trees. Tucked away in these pages is a reminder that trees are used to produce a host of wood-based products ranging from pencils to wood-frame houses, making the book a useful tool for teaching the youngest learners about natural resources.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children