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The Tree
Written by Dana Lyons
Illustrated by David Danioth

Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Binding: hardcover
Size: 8.5" x 11"
ISBN: 978-0-9701907-1-0
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The commanding song of an ancient Douglas fir tree celebrates the cycle of life in the Olympic Rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, invoking the sacredness and wonder of nature. But when human development threatens this tranquility, the fir wonders, “Who will house the owl? And who will hold the river’s shore? Who will take refuge in my shadow, if my shadow falls no more?”

Dana Lyons’ moving poem is stunningly illustrated by art instructor David Danioth. Summoning a greater respect for the environment and awareness of our interconnectedness, The Tree holds each of us responsible for the well being of our planet. 

Including supplementary educational information about the rainforest, this powerful picture book highlights the urgent need to preserve and protect our ecosystems.

The Tree won Skipping Stones Magazine’s award for Best Ecology Book and was a finalist for both the ASPCA Children’s Book Award and ForeWord Magazine’s Best Environmental Book Award. This inspiring picture book also received a Certificate of Merit from the National Arbor Day Foundation and was named Best Children’s Book at the Green Book Festival. 
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​About the Author
Dana Lyons was inspired to write The Tree while on a camping trip in the Pacific Rainforest. Widely known for his best-selling book and song, Cows With Guns, Dana is a frequent international performer, often appearing with Dr. Jane Goodall. Dana’s inspiring work reflects the majesty of our planetary home and the beauty of those who share it with us. When not on tour, he lives with his cat Oliver in Bellingham, Washington.
​About the Illustrator
David Danioth is an instructor at the Art    Institute of Seattle.              A native of Washington State, David passionately enjoys bicycling all over the world. When he’s not at school or in his own studio, David can most likely be spotted on a soccer field or the seat of a bicycle on the road somewhere. David is  also the illustrator of  A Mother's Promise
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