Most of us see trees every day, and too often we take them for granted. Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. Deep Roots celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. Each chapter in Deep Roots focuses on a basic element, water, air, fire and earth, and explores the many ways in which we need trees to keep our planet healthy and livable. From making rain to producing fruit to feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Facts about trees and hands-on activities throughout help readers discover ways to get to know our giant neighbors better.
In this addition to the ecologically focused Orca Footprints series, Tate (Take Shelter) explores the importance of trees, describing them as "barometers of how we are looking after our planet." Over four chapters organized by the four classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water Tate touches on the many ways trees are entwined with human development (logging, wood as a fuel source) and the environment at large, including their roles as "carbon sinks," absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Color photographs, activity suggestions, trivia bursts, sidebars, and Tate's own arboreal anecdotes create an accessible and involving layout, while supplying a broad take on the global diversity and varying roles of trees. While not an in-depth resource, it's a useful overview that offers many entry points for deeper research, concluding with a list of suggested books and websites. Ages 8 up.