Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet (Our Natural World)

Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet (Our Natural World)
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March 12, 2024
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Take a lively look at the biology of plants on Earth—and their vast importance to our planet—with this wide-ranging exploration from an award-winning team.

This tree doesn’t look like it’s doing very much.
It just stands there in the sunlight,
big and GREEN.
But in fact, this tree is busy . . .

On land and in the seas, green plants make the oxygen and food that many living things—including us—need to survive. Covering the evolution of the first plants billions of years ago, the secret, microscopic workings of trees and leaves today, and the role of plants in both creating fossil fuels and combating climate change, this book is a lush and fascinating introduction to the science of plants that goes well beyond photosynthesis. Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the acclaimed team behind Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes, Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth, and Grow: Secrets of Our DNA, have crafted a hopeful exploration of green life that will encourage readers to treasure the flora of Earth’s many ecosystems.

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Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet is an incredibly detailed look at trees and life on Earth.

It opens up with a poignant line about how the tree pictured doesn’t seem to be doing much. That it is just standing around being big and green. We come to find the many fascinating things that trees do from the huge importance of photosynthesis to its opposite: respiration, which keeps our air in balance. We learn the history of how plants have trapped carbon dioxide, changing the air from toxic to inhabitable for all kinds of life forms.

The illustrations of abundant landscapes are large and bright, showcasing the color Green. These lovely illustrations help children to understand the text.

Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet is simply fascinating and engaging for all ages.
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