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A Life Story

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  • ISBN: 9781553650164
  • Tags: David Suzuki, Nature & Environment, Robert Bateman, Science, Wayne Grady,
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.5
  • Published On: 07/09/2004
  • 192 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781553651260
  • Tags: David Suzuki, Nature & Environment, Robert Bateman, Science, Wayne Grady,
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.5
  • Published On: 09/02/2007
  • 192 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781926685533
  • Tags: David Suzuki, Nature & Environment, Robert Bateman, Science, Wayne Grady,
  • Published On: 16/09/2004
  • 192 Pages

"Only God can make a tree," wrote Joyce Kilmer in one of the most celebrated of poems. In Tree: A Life Story, authors David Suzuki and Wayne Grady extend that celebration in a "biography" of this extraordinary—and extraordinarily important—organism. A story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions but focuses on a single tree, a Douglas fir, Tree describes in poetic detail the organism's modest origins that begin with a dramatic burst of millions of microscopic grains of pollen. The authors recount the amazing characteristics of the species, how they reproduce and how they receive from and offer nourishment to generations of other plants and animals. The tree's pivotal role in making life possible for the creatures around it—including human beings—is lovingly explored. The richly detailed text and Robert Bateman's original art pay tribute to this ubiquitous organism that is too often taken for granted. Also available in hardcover.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

David Suzuki is an internationally renowned geneticist and environmentalist and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science and the 2009 Right Livelihood Award. Host of the longrunning CBC television program The Nature of Things, he is also the author of more than fifty books.

Wayne Grady is one of Canada's finest science writers and a Governor General's Award-winning translator. He has authored eleven books of nonfiction, translated fourteen novels, and edited more than a dozen anthologies of short stories and creative nonfiction.


"In this slight, lovely book, [Suzuki and Grady] tell the tale of one Douglas-fir tree that lived for more than five centuries. . . . Bateman’s misty drawings offer portraits of the tree’s companions - woodpeckers, eagles, mice, ferns - whose lives are more fleeting . . . This book is both a touching look at a single tree and an articulate testimony to nature’s cyclic power." -Publishers Weekly

"Lyrical, richly detailed, and scientifically eye-opening, Suzuki's text is augmented by Robert Bateman's evocative original art. The result is a revelatory salute to life itself." -Branches of Light

"Tree explores the many amazing mechanisms by which the tree is able to thrive for hundreds of years while remaining rooted in one spot. The book also looks at the tree's rich and complex relationships with other organisms in it community . . . The story is a salute to life itself." -The Garden Island

"Suzuki and Grady's engaging biography covers 700 years in the life of a Pacific Northwest Douglas fir. Each stage in the tree's life is placed not only within the context of history but also an ecological context . . . This happy melding of history, natural history, and biography is further enhanced by Robert Bateman's fine illustrations to create an instructive and graceful look at the interconnectedness of life." -Booklist