Historic and Famous Trees of the World

By Margi Preus; Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator)
(Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805078299, 40pp.)

Publication Date: March 1, 2011

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Some trees have lived many lifetimes, standing as silent witnesses to history. Some are remarkable for their age and stature; others for their usefulness. A bristlecone pine tree in California has outlived man by almost 4,000 years; a baobab tree in Australia served as a prison for Aboriginal prisoners at the turn of the twentieth century; and a major oak in England was used as a hiding place for Robin Hood and his men (or so the story goes ).

The fourteen trees in this book have earned the title "Celebritrees" for their global fame and significance. Both in fact and in legend, these fascinating trees remind us not only how much pleasure trees bring, but what they can tell us about history.

About the Author
Margi Preus is the author of "Celebritrees" and "The Peace Bell", which "School Library Journal" praised for its "[m]essage of peace between nations...eloquently conveyed." She writes plays and children's books in Duluth, Minnesota.

Rebecca Gibbon is the illustrator of several picture books, including" Elizabeth Leads the Way", which was named an ALA Notable Book among other honors. She lives in England with her husband and two young children.
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