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Be a Friend to Trees – Let’s Read and Find Out Science

The Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out-Science books are pretty spectacular.  Be a Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber is one of my favourites.  It asks children questions such as “Look around you.  How many wooden things do you see?  Make a list- don’t forget to count your pencil and maybe your house.”  It also describes the paper making process.  How Sap is used to make maple syrup, soap, paint and rubber.  Fruit, nuts – even chocolate comes from a tree!  All the animals from caterpillars who eat leaves to the monkeys who live in trees… to the air that we breathe.  Photosynthesis is then explained.  The book concludes with ways that we can Be a Friend to Trees!

This book has revolutionalised many classrooms.  Where children would throw away paper after two scribbles, they are now digging out of the recycling bin and fully utilising every corner of every piece of paper!

There are all sorts of Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out-Science books.  There are also Stage 1 and Stage 2 Books.

Stage 1 includes titles such as From Seed to Pumpkin, Animals in the Winter, Baby Whales Drink Milk.

Stage 2 includes The Sun – Our Nearest Star, Almost Gone – The World’s Rarest Animals and Be a Friend to Trees.

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