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Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree

Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree

Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree

4/5 (7 ratings)
48 pages
11 minutes
Aug 11, 2015


Deep in the forest, in the warm-wet green, 1 almendro tree grows, stretching its branches toward the sun. Who makes their homes here?

2 great green macaws,
4 keel-billed toucans,
8 howler monkeys,
16 fruit bats,
32 fer-de-lance vipers,
64 agoutis,
128 blue morpho butterflies,
256 poison dart frogs,
512 rusty wandering spiders,
1,024 leafcutter ants.

Count each and every one as life multiplies again and again in this lush and fascinating book about the rainforest.
Aug 11, 2015

About the author

Kate Messner is a former middle-school English teacher and the author of E. B. White Read Aloud Award winner The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. and its companion, The Exact Location of Home; Sugar and Ice; Eye of the Storm; Wake Up Missing; All the Answers; The Seventh Wish; Capture the Flag; Hide and Seek; the Marty McGuire chapter book series; the Ranger in Time chapter book series; and several picture books. She lives on Lake Champlain with her husband and two kids. When she's not reading or writing, she loves hiking, kayaking, biking, and watching thunderstorms over the lake. @KateMessner

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  • (5/5)
    The book begins by talking about the Almendro tree which can be found in the rain forest. It includes a story line throughout the book about the creatures found within this tree, each page introduces a new creature with facts and illustrations. Every new creature is doubled in number of population of the creature before it. Example: It begins with one Almendro tree, then talks about the two great green macaws that inhabit it, and next the four keel-billed toucans. It includes icon pictures to the right to help students visualize the numbers up to 1,024 leaf cutter ants. The end of the book includes more information on the Almendro tree, different leveled math questions to go along with the story, and a list of books to read and a video to watch to learn more about the rain forest.