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Build your own library of books for your children ages 4-8 from this list of classics old and new.
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The Giving Tree The Tree Farmer The Secret Life of Trees Oak Tree My Mother Talks To Trees How The Forest Grew Johnny Appleseed Apples and How They Grow

The Giving Tree

The Tree Farmer

The Secret Life of Trees

Oak Tree

My Mother Talks To Trees

How The Forest Grew

Johnny Appleseed

Apples and How They Grow

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
Every day a boy would come to his tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches or slide down her trunk and the tree was happy. Throughout the years, the tree provided the boy with countless gifts such as a house, a boat and a place to rest.

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The Tree Farmer

The Tree Farmer, by Chuck Leavell and Nicholas Cravotta
A grandfather who owns a tree farm takes his grandson on a magical journey through the forest, where trees become musical instruments, books, a baby's crib and more. The story explains the vital role that trees play in our lives, providing us with wood for our homes, furniture and other products. Plus our responsibility to protect and care for our forests.

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The Secret Life of Trees

The Secret Life of Trees, by DK Publishing
Why do trees lose their leaves in winter? How do insects hide on bare branches? In this book, the trees reveal their many secrets to you. They also explain what becomes of them once they are no longer trees, but houses, swings and books.

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Oak Tree

Oak Tree, by Gordon Morrison
After a long winter rest, an old oak tree is awakened by spring's arrival. A year in the life of an oak tree is described. Margin notes about the tree, animals and growth processes are located across the bottom and along the sides of the pages to further explain scientific elements of the story.

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My Mother Talks To Trees

My Mother Talks To Trees, by Doris Grove
As Laura and her mother walk home from school, her mother converses with trees by complimenting them on how much they've grown or how lovely their buds have become. By the end of the book, the mother and daughter have introduced readers to 11 trees commonly found in the southern United States.

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How The Forest Grew

How The Forest Grew, by William Jaspersohn
This book could be about any forest because most forests grow the same way. First, the land is open and green. Then, the changes begin. The book explains how new trees begin to grow and how animals are affected each time a new type of tree begins to take over the forest.

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Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed, by Reeve Lindbergh
Lindbergh's poetic narrative, related by an elderly woman to her grandchildren, tells the story of John Chapman's life and travels, including tidbits referring to his kindness and piety, his nonviolence and bravery and his respect for all living things. This version depicts Johnny Appleseed as a lover of the land with a consuming interest in the environment.

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Apples and How They Grow

Apples and How They Grow, by Laura Driscoll
Part of the All Aboard Science Reader series, this simple book includes the familiar account of kids picking apples off trees that have grown from tiny seeds.

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