by Miriam Knight May 22, 2015
Did you know that some redwoods still among us first sprouted during the Roman Empire? Or that a redwood will grow a new trunk when injured? Or that some animals living high in the redwood canopy have never seen the ground? These hardy, rain-manufacturing, fire-resistant ancient giants are home to plants, other trees (amazingly), birds, banana slugs, salamanders, and (ugh) flying squirrels, among other critters. And they're endangered! Jason Chin was inspired to write about these majestic trees, sight unseen, when he read Richard Preston's accounts of climbing in the redwood canopy. After visiting a forest in California, Chin was so moved by the experience that he wrote Redwoods, an imaginative and richly illustrated story of a boy on a subway who finds a book about the trees and magically steps into a redwood forest. Any child who reads this treasure will no doubt feel that same spark of magic.