Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet

by Nikki Tate


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Most of us see trees every day, and too often we take them for granted. Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. Deep Roots celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. Each chapter in Deep Roots focuses on a basic element—water, air, fire and earth—and explores the many ways in which we need trees to keep our planet healthy and livable. From making rain to producing fruit to feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Facts about trees and hands-on activities throughout help readers discover ways to get to know our giant neighbors better.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459805828
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Series: Orca Footprints Series , #8
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: NC1210L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nikki Tate is the author of more than 30 books, most of which are for children and teens. Her Footprints title, Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet, received several award nominations and was named by the New York Public Library as one of 2016’s Best 100 Books for Kids. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Earth
  • Forests and Ecosystems
  • Forest or Farm?
  • Trees Feed the Soil
  • Hang On! Useful Roots
  • Greening Cityscapes
  • From Tiny Acorn to Mighty Oak
  • Corduroy Roads
  • Mycelium Highway
Chapter Two: Air
  • Green Lungs
  • What’s a Carbon Sink?
  • Look Waaaay Up
  • Koalas Love Their Leaves
  • Epiphytes—Plants in the Air
  • Tree Houses
  • Trees with Roots in the Air
  • Stop that Wind!
  • Fog Drinkers
  • Go Play in the Woods
Chapter Three: Water
  • Trees and the Global Water Cycle
  • How Do Trees Drink?
  • Trees Create Rain
  • The Great Green Wall
  • Welcome to the Oasis
  • Ah, Cool!
  • Drink Up!
  • A Feast of Fish
  • Wooden Boats
Chapter Four: Fire
  • Wood as Fuel
  • New Life after Fire
  • Ash Enhances Soil
  • Dirty Ash, Clean Soap
  • Let’s Dance
  • Warming Up Winter
  • Great Ball of Fire
  • Slash-and-Burn Agriculture

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