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Who's In Maxine's Tree?

Elementary

Description

Who’s in Maxine’s Tree focuses on Maxine’s favorite tree near her home in the Pacific Northwest. It is special because it "talks" to her. On a hike through the woods, she worries that the loggers may have chopped it down.  Along the way, she meets Stephanie, a tree climber who explains that what makes the tree seem like it is talking is an endangered species of bird that nests there. Maxine learns that because of the marbled murrelet, loggers will not be allowed to destroy the tree.

Maxine's Tree teaches students that one person, no matter how small, can indeed make a difference.

Teaching Notes are available on-line.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

  • This picture book could be easily incorporated into a lesson on the environment. It is especially relevent to themes concerning habitats, the rain forest, clear-cutting and the struggle in the early 1990’s to preserve first growth forest.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (4)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Endangered Species
    • Habitat Loss
    • Wildlife Protection
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

    • Forests