Rise to the Sky

How the World's Tallest Trees Grow Up

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

What is the tallest living thing? It’s not an elephant, or a giraffe, or even a blue whale. It’s a tree!

Trees are the tallest living things on Earth. But how do they grow to be so tall? Science writer Rebecca E. Hirsch presents a poetic introduction to the tree life cycle in Rise to the Sky. Accompanied by Mia Posada’s detailed collage illustrations, this book features the tallest tree species from around the world, including the coast redwood, the Sitka spruce, and the giant sequoia.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-04-04
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF037040, JNF037030, JNF042000
Dewey 582.16
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Guided Reading Level N
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch

Rebecca E. Hirsch is an award- winning children's author with a PhD in plant biology. Her picture books include Plants Can't Sit Still and Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at rebeccahirsch.com.

Illustrator: Mia Posada

Mia Posada grew up in Minneapolis, then studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also studied art in Florence, Italy, and illustration at Academy of Art College in San Francisco, California. Mia has written and illustrated numerous books including: The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing Migration, Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks, and Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors. She illustrated Plants Can't Sit Still which was named a Kirkus Best Children's Books and won the NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts Award. She lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota with her husband and their three kids.

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Awards

  • Dogwood Readers Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2024
  • Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Awards Nominee, Nominated, 2024
  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2024
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2024
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2023

Reviews

School Library Journal

“This charming story is a love letter to the tenacity of trees to grow for hundreds or even thousands of years and become the highest they can be.” —starred, School Library Journal

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“The informative, engaging, and enjoyable pages of this book make it a perfect addition to any library. Reviewer Rating: 5” —Children’s Literature

Booklist

“Varied composition and realistic textures heighten the appeal of Posada’s attractive illustrations. Created with cut-paper collage and watercolor, they capture the trees’ soaring height and dignity . . . Written with clarity and illustrated to help viewers understand the ideas discussed, this handsome book offers an appealing, informative introduction to trees.”—starred, Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“Hirsch teaches basic plant biology through the example of the world’s “tallest living thing”—trees—in this awe-inspiring text. . . . Washed in earthy browns and vivid emerald greens, Posada’s expertly rendered cut paper collage provide texture that feels touchable.”–starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“A well-focused, beautiful, and informative introduction to the arboreal world.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews