Photo: Tree: A Life Story

Winner of the Canadian Science Writer's Association Award

A magical portrait of a singular organism.

This is a story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions. It is the story of a single tree.

In this clear, concise, and captivating book, renowned scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki and award-winning writer Wayne Grady tell the life story of a tree, beginning when heat from a devastating forest fire opens thousands of pine cones and sends millions of seeds into the air. Most of these seeds perish, but one falls into the soil and develops into the tree that is the subject of this book.

Suzuki and Grady also describe how the tree grows and receives nourishment and what role the tree plays in the forest throughout its life. It acts as a home to a succession of creatures and plays a crucial role in the water cycle, in breaking rock down into soil, and in removing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Even after the tree dies, it provides a home for moss, ferns, and other plants, which use the tree as a nurse log, and it provides nutrients for insects and fungi. Tree also looks at the community of organisms that share the tree's ecosystem and at the events going on in the larger world during the tree's lifetime.

David Suzuki and Wayne Grady's lyrical, richly detailed text is augmented by Robert Bateman's evocative art. The result is a revelation, a salute to life itself.

David Suzuki is an acclaimed geneticist and environmentalist, the host of The Nature of Things, and the founder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation . He is the author of more than forty books, including Good News for a Change, From Naked Ape to Superspecies (both co-authored with Holly Dressel), The Sacred Balance (co-authored with Amanda McConnell), and David Suzuki: The Autobiography. He is the recipient of the Unesco Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environmental Medal, the UNEP's Global 500 award, and has been named a Companion of the Order of Canada. In addition, he holds eighteen honorary degrees and he has been adopted into three First Nations clans. Suzuki lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Wayne Grady has written eight books of nonfiction, including the critically acclaimed The Bone Museum, The Quiet Limit of the World, Toronto the Wild, and The Nature of Coyotes. He has also translated seven novels and edited six anthologies of short stories, travel, and natural history. In addition, he has written feature articles for most of Canada's major magazines, including Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Canadian Geographic, Equinox, and Harrowsmith. Grady has received the John Glassco Prize (for translation), several National Magazine Awards, the Brascan Award, and three Science Writers of Canada Awards. He is married to the writer Merilyn Simonds and lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Robert Bateman is an internationally renowned wildlife artist. His work has appeared most recently in Birds of Heaven by Peter Matthiessen. He is also the author of Thinking Like a Mountain. He lives on Saltspring Island in British Columbia.

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