Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre

Title: Trout Are Made of Trees
Author: April Pulley Sayre
Illustrator: Kate Endle
Copyright: 2008, Charlesbridge Publishing
Grade level: K-2
Ages: 4-8
Genre: Nonfiction

This colorful children's book is a wonderful book for young children learning about the food chain. First it introduces the leaves, which are producers, then the cranes flies and caddisflies, which are the primary consumers, and then the secondary consumers. In the end the trout, which is the predator in the story is introduced to the audience. The book also provides resources on how to keep our waterways clean and it also describes the trout life cycle.

Reflection of the book:
As a preschool teacher and a future educator, I think this book is a wonderful resource. It is a short children's book and it's very easy to read. Although, before reading it to the children I believe it's important to introduce some of the vocabulary words first, because some of the children might struggle with some of those words. This characters inside this lyrical book observe life in and around the stream and learn all about the food chain. It also shows how animals and plants are connected in the food web and it also provides information about the trout life cycle, which can be interesting to those who like learning about fish.The book also shows how the river ecosystem is used to show how the critters eat the leaves, and the trout eat the critters, demonstrating the food chain.

About the Author:
Born in Greenville, California, April Pulley Sayre became an award winning children's book author of over 55 books for children and adults. Her books have been translated into four other languages: Dutch, Japanese, Korean and French. She uses her books to immerse young readers in natural events that are happening in the world. Like her husband Jeff, who is a native plants expert, April loves science and adventure. I believe this is the reason why she wrote Trout Are Made of Trees. She is an expert in wildlife gardening, writing children's books and science education. Each year, she speaks to over 15,000 students nationwide about the writing process and about the things scientists do to study animals. She has traveled around the world and got to experience the beauty of the natural world.

"My life and my books are rooted in and inspired by the landscapes where I have lived. Blue ridge mountains, Carolina foothills, Indiana cornfields, and Virginia tidewater area are among the places that have taught me about plants and animals. See below for my full geography and why I consider myself an Indiana/South Carolina/North Carolina/Virginia/Michigan author"

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