language-of-trees

THE IRISH TIMES BESTSELLER

‘A masterpiece’ Max Porter

If trees have memories, respond to stress, and communicate, what can they tell us? And will we listen?

A stunning international collaboration that reveals how trees make our world, change our minds and rewild our lives – from root to branch to seed.

In this beautifully illustrated collection, artist Katie Holten gifts readers her visual Tree Alphabet and uses it to masterfully translate and illuminate pieces from some of the world’s most exciting writers and artists, activists and ecologists.

Holten guides us on a journey from prehistoric cave paintings and creation myths to the death of a 3,500 year-old cypress tree, from Tree Clocks in Mongolia and forest fragments in the Amazon to the language of fossil poetry. In doing so, she unearths a new way of seeing the natural beauty that surrounds us and creates an urgent reminder of what could happen if we allow it to slip away.

Printed in deep green ink, The Language of Trees is a celebratory homage filled with prose, poetry and art from over fifty collaborators, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Macfarlane, Zadie Smith, Radiohead, Elizabeth Kolbert, Amitav Ghosh, Richard Powers, Suzanne Simard, Gaia Vince, Tacita Dean, Plato and Robin Wall Kimmerer.

‘Immersive, celebratory… all beautifully illustrated.’ Observer

‘A visual reminder that, like strong oaks from little acorns, we still can create the world in which we wish to live.’ Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Degrowth 101 for young adults, The Story of More takes readers through the science explains how key inventions, like electric power and large-scale farming, have helped and harmed this world.  Readers learn about these processes that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the current and projected consequences of greenhouse gasses -and discover what action we can all take to avoid climate devastation.

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Acclaimed Japanese author Yoko Tawada delivers a slim, smart, bleak, funny, surreal glimpse at Japan after a natural disaster. The country has cut itself off from the rest of the world and the only people who can get up and walk around are the elderly. Everybody else has become too weak. This clever look at a possible, poetic near-future is a reminder about mortality and our obligations towards the future.

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Eco Rangers - Candice Lemon-Scott

Young readers who love mysteries and the environment will love the action-packed story of Ebony and Jay, best friends who love to rescue wildlife. After a devastating wildfire in the bushland, Ebony and Jay are doing their best to find and rescue injured animals. Readers will help Ebony and Jay search for clues and nurse a possum back to health.

 

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The Story of the Blue Planet - Andri Snaer Magnuson

Brimir and Hulda are best friends on a blue planet without any grown-ups. Until one day, a strange-looking adult crashes down on a rocket ship. This enchanting story by Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnuson is filled with magic and generosity.

 

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How to Bee - Bren MacDibble

Nine-year-old Peony wants to be a bee – but all the bees in Australia have died, and children like her have to pollinate the fruit trees with feather wands. It’s a great introduction to dystopian fiction for readers aged eight to twelve.

 

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We are the Water Protectors

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, this story is a rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption. This bold and colourful picture book is best suited for readers aged three to seven.

 

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One World - Michael Foreman

One World is a picture book about pollution and ecological devastation that manages to be utterly charming. A brother and sister learn about the planet by playing by a rock pool at the beach.

 

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Gilberto and the Wind - Marie Hall Ets

Gilberto can’t see his best friend. But he feels him near. His best friend is the wind. This charming book — grounded by Ets’ colorful, minimalist drawings — introduces kids to the unseen world around them. It was originally published in 1963 and remains a whimsical introduction to a nuanced relationship with nature.

 

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The Lonely Polar Bear - Khoa Le

A polar bear cub finds himself alone on an iceberg after a terrible storm. Without his mother, he befriends puffins, whales, and a mysterious little girl. Vietnamese artist Khoa Le has illustrated a beautiful and whimsical story that subtly introduces young readers to the impact of climate change.

 

Suitable for Children Age 6-12