A Log's Life

A Log's Life


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An informative and creative tale about a fallen oak tree in the forest, teaching young readers about the various purposes it serves in the ecosystem during every step of its life cycle.

One stormy day a strong wind rages through the forest, causing an old oak tree to bend and sway. Lightning strikes; the tree crashes to the ground. Now it’s a giant log.

In this fascinating book, author Wendy Pfeffer and illustrator Robin Brickman introduce readers to they life cycle of a tree. The informative, lyrical text is complemented by stunning, three-dimensional paper sculptures that showcase the forest ecosystem, inspiring readers to take a close look at the trees—and logs—in their own backyards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416934837
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 289,661
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Wendy Pfeffer is the author of several children's books, including Polar Bears and From Tadpole to Frog, as well as numerous articles and stories for magazines. Her full-time writing career includes teaching writing to adults and children. She previously taught first grade, and was the founding director for a nursery school. She lives in Pennington, New Jersey, with her husband, Tom.

Robin Brickman has illustrated many children’s books, including One Night in the Coral Sea and Beaks!, by Sneed B. Collard III. To create the three-dimensional illustrations for A Log’s Life she painted watercolor paper, then cut, hand shaped, and glued the various pieces together. Ms. Brickman lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her website at RobinBrickman.com to learn about the Community Mural Project based on this book.

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A Log's Life 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cdrake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Log's Life is a life-cycle nonfiction story about the process of becoming a log. The three-dementional paper sculptures make the book, as they show a very realistic view of a tree branch changing into a log.
CardCatalogue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Non-fiction narrative; reads like a story. Excellent illustrations (painted paper collage) add a lot to the book. Great connections to elementary science.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What child wouldn't be fascinated by this visual tale of an oak tree that topples in a storm? Author Wendy Pfeffer and illustrator Robin Brickman team up to make this story come alive. It's easy to understand why this book won the 2000 Giverny Award which is given for the best children's science picture book. The rhythmic pacing and staccato of Pfeffer's prose plays off the visual complexity of Brickman's lifelike paper sculptures. Long looks at the pages are repaid as children discover more and more of the organisms hidden in the illustrations. This book is a story book that also teaches plant and animal ecology--not, in contrast, a typical, illustrated little science book with a ton of facts. I think that's why kids like it so much!