Who's In Maxine's Tree?

Who's In Maxine's Tree?
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4+
Release Date
March 01, 2006
ISBN
155143346X
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Maxine loves her giant tree in the Walbran Valley, but as she gazes at clearcuts from the car window, she worries. What if her tree is gone? Her family and friends trek through the old growth forest, and Maxine runs on ahead to check. Yes, her tree is there. She stands at its foot and listens, but it doesn't make its special sound, "Keer, keer." She will soon learn that "Keer, keer" is the sound a marbled murrelet (a mamu) makes. The mamu is an endangered seabird that flies far from the sea to nest in the high flat branches of the Sitka spruce. When a tree-climber confirms the presence of a mamu nest, Maxine's tree will be safe forever.

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Maxine's Special Tree
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Reader reviewed by Kim Peek

Maxine has a favorite tree--the tallest and widest Sitka tree in the whole Walbran Valley. It's her favorite because it calls to her, but everyone knows trees don't talk.

Maxine and her family are in the old-growth forest to clear fallen trees from the trail when they meet a researcher who is studying the marbled murrelet, and endangered seabird. Maxine learns that the tree calls to her for a special reason--a reason so big the loggers will not be able to cut her tree down.

An entertaining story sure to make kids think about our natural resources. This would make a great addition to science units related to endangered species or ecosystems.
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