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Under the Canopy

Under the Canopy
Written by Iris Volant
Illustrated by Cynthia Alonso
Flying Eye   £14.99
ISBN: 978-1911171423

Flying Eye has a well earned a reputation for producing aesthetically beautiful picture books and this title is no exception; it is simply gorgeous. Under the Canopy reminds us of the importance of trees to humankind. Subtitled Trees around the World, the book's focus is global and cross-cultural. It explores the significant role that trees have played in different societies around the world and celebrates their influence on myths, traditions, stories, art, and science. Seventeen different species of tree and four forests are featured. Each has its own double-page spread, combining one of Cynthia Alonso's wonderful colour illustrations with a story, myth or tradition about that tree and an explanation of its significance to a particular country or culture. A short, factual paragraph at the top of the page provides an introduction to each tree species. This is a book which is inspirational, informative and beautiful. It is a book to treasure and to keep revisiting. (7+)
Anne Walker



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