A Forest in the City

A Forest in the City

Written by: Curtis, Andrea
Illustrated by: Pratt, Pierre
From the series: ThinkCities
ages 8 to 12 / grades 3 to 7

This beautiful book of narrative non-fiction looks at the urban forest and dives into the question of how we can live in harmony with city trees.

“Imagine a city draped in a blanket of green … Is this the city you know?”

A Forest in the City looks at the urban forest, starting with a bird’s-eye view of the tree canopy, then swooping down to street level, digging deep into the ground, then moving up through a tree’s trunk, back into the leaves and branches.

Trees make our cities more beautiful and provide shade but they also fight climate change and pollution, benefit our health and connections to one another, provide food and shelter for wildlife, and much more. Yet city trees face an abundance of problems, such as the abundance of concrete, poor soil and challenging light conditions.

So how can we create a healthy environment for city trees? Urban foresters are trying to create better growing conditions, plant diverse species, and maintain trees as they age. These strategies, and more, reveal that the urban forest is a complex system—A Forest in the City shows readers we are a part of it.

Includes a list of activities to help the urban forest and a glossary.

The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people act as advocates for themselves and their communities.

Key Text Features
diagrams
author's note
glossary
sources
definitions

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

This beautiful book of narrative non-fiction looks at the urban forest and dives into the question of how we can live in harmony with city trees.

“Imagine a city draped in a blanket of green … Is this the city you know?”

A Forest in the City looks at the urban forest, starting with a bird’s-eye view of the tree canopy, then swooping down to street level, digging deep into the ground, then moving up through a tree’s trunk, back into the leaves and branches.

Trees make our cities more beautiful and provide shade but they also fight climate change and pollution, benefit our health and connections to one another, provide food and shelter for wildlife, and much more. Yet city trees face an abundance of problems, such as the abundance of concrete, poor soil and challenging light conditions.

So how can we create a healthy environment for city trees? Urban foresters are trying to create better growing conditions, plant diverse species, and maintain trees as they age. These strategies, and more, reveal that the urban forest is a complex system—A Forest in the City shows readers we are a part of it.

Includes a list of activities to help the urban forest and a glossary.

The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people act as advocates for themselves and their communities.

Key Text Features
diagrams
author's note
glossary
sources
definitions

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Apr 1, 2020
Specifications 40 pages | 8.5 in x 10.625 in

Praise for author Andrea Curtis and illustrator Pierre Pratt for A Forest in the City:

Commended Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2021

“The vital importance of the urban forest in relation to the welfare of city dwellers is presented with interesting information and lush illustrations. Useful for reports, projects, and classroom activities.” — School Library Journal

“[A] book for budding environmentalists.” — Booklist

“[A] comprehensive source for those interested in arboriculture and ecology.” — Publishers Weekly

“[A] well-researched resource.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

A Forest in the City … by Toronto writer Andrea Curtis, tells everything you need to know about city trees …[b]eautiful (mainly green) gouache illustrations by Montreal artist Pierre Pratt help make this book for 8- to 11-year-olds an attractive choice.” — Winnipeg Free Press

[A] Forest in the City clearly makes the case for the role of the next generation of stewards … Two green thumbs up.” — Our Forest

“A good resource for upper elementary and middle school students who are looking at city planning and environmental impact.” — The International Educator Blog

“This is a beautifully illustrated, very visually appealing picture book that brings up some big questions in an accessible, kid-friendly way.” — Eat. Live. Travel. Write. Blog

Praise for Andrea Curtis and Eat This!:

“Copious kid-friendly information on a vitally important topic, stylishly presented, makes this book essential. Knowledge is power.” — Kirkus, starred review

“With appealing design and timely, research-based information, this will be a welcome addition to most library collections.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for Andrea Curtis and What’s for Lunch?:

“This survey of foods that international children eat for school lunch emphasizes differences while pointing to the interconnectivity of world ecology…. Curtis crafts a holistic conversation about health, poverty, and sustainability…” — Publisher’s Weekly

Praise for author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Pierre Pratt for The New Animal:

“[T]he elongated style of the vibrantly colored artwork strikes just the right note of humor and whimsy.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for author Heather Tekavec and illustrator Pierre Pratt for Stop, Thief!:

“The full-color gouache art has a breezy immediacy that gives a sense of palpable movement as the dog dashes and the animals munch” — School Library Journal

Praise for author Remy Simard and Pierre Pratt for Gustave:

“Strikingly illustrated in a painterly style reminiscent of Whistler’s nightscapes.” — Kirkus Reviews