Following the 250 year story of a single elm tree in the center of New York City, The Tree is a science and history book all rolled into one. The story begins with the bursting of a seedpod, which finds its way, via a chipmunk cheek into the ground, where, in 1756 it begins to sprout. The first several pages focus on the animals, weather and natural environment that provide conditions for the growth of the tree. Later as more and more people enter into the environment, they begin to leave their mark (literally and figuratively) on the tree. The story emphasizes the intermingling of human existence -- death, war, growth, circuses (that's a major part of human life, right?) -- with the evolution of nature. Each double page spread displays the growing time line of the evens which affected the elm tree and their are extensive Historical Notes at the end of the book.
Big Kid says: Is that tree still there?