Rise to the Sky: How the World's Tallest Trees Grow Up

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by Rebecca E. Hirsch with illustrations by Mia Posada, 2023. Hardcover, 32 pages. Ages 5-10 years.

What is the tallest living thing? It's not an elephant, or a giraffe, or even a blue whale. It's a tree!

Trees are the tallest living things on Earth. But how do they grow to be so tall? Science writer Rebecca E. Hirsch presents a poetic introduction to the tree life cycle in Rise to the Sky. Accompanied by Mia Posada's detailed collage illustrations, this book features the tallest tree species from around the world, including the coast redwood, the Sitka spruce, and the giant sequoia.

About the Author

Scientist Rebecca E. Hirsch has written more than 80 books for children, including Plants Can't Sit Still (Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award, NCTE Notable) and Where Have All the Bees Gone? (Booklist Top 10 Books on the Environment & Sustainability for Youth). Her books connect kids to the natural world, guide them through thorny environmental issues, and encourage them to get involved in citizen science and conservation. Besides reading and writing, Rebecca loves baking and cooking, digging in her garden, tending her flock of chickens, and exploring the outdoors.