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One Day This Tree Will Fall

Cover of the nonfiction picture book One Day This Tree Will Fall by Leslie Barnard Booth, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. Shows huge old-growth evergreen tree with broken branches, green growth, holes, and rot. Shows wildlife that benefit from old-growth trees, such as squirrel, pileated woodpecker, butterfly, and beetle.

Discover how a tree’s wounds and decay bring new life to the forest ecosystem in this lyrical nonfiction picture book for fans of Because of an Acorn and A Stone Sat Still.

Written by Leslie Barnard Booth

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

In Stores: March 26, 2024

Length: 40 pages

ISBN13: 9781534496965

Grades: P - 3

Ages 4 - 8

When a tree falls, is its story over?

There are many ways a tree’s story could end: Gobbled up by a bird as a tiny seed. Damaged by wind or ice or fire. Chopped down and hauled away. But some trees—this tree—survives. And grows old. Riddled with scars, cracks, and crevices, it becomes a place creatures large and small call home.

One day, after standing tall for centuries, this tree will fall. But even then, is its story over? Or will it continue to nurture the forest and its creatures for many years to come? Complete with additional information about the role trees play in a forest ecosystem, this sweeping story invites readers of all ages to celebrate the incredible life cycle and afterlife of trees.

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Trees are among Earth's most long-lived organisms.

Photo of large trees with sunlight shining through the branches.

And even after they die . . .

Photo of broken tree trunk.

. . . they are full of life.

Photo showing how trees still contribute to the forest ecosystem after they die. Mushrooms and moss growing out of a rotting log.
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