Ancient Ones: The World of the Old-Growth Douglas Fir

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Two titles from Barbara Bash's highly acclaimed "Tree Tales" series are available for the first time in paperback! In a brilliant combination of lyrical prose and glowing watercolors, each book documents the lifecycle of the world's great trees and reveals its importance to the many life forms that flourish beneath and within its welcoming branches. In Ancient Ones,, Bash captures the ongoing drama not only of the Douglas fir but of the old-growth forest itself. The book "beautifully affirms the concept of a cycle of life," wrote Publishers Weekly in a starred review. "A wondrous walk trhough an old-growth forest," said School Library Journal, in another starred review. "Reading Ancient Ones is the next best thing to being there."

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Deep in the old-growth forest, the earth is moist and the air is thick with the fragrance of decomposing needles. Lichen-covered logs crisscross the forest floor, and lush green moss clings to the ancient Douglas firs that tower overhead. All is still and silent. Or is it? Look carefully and you might see the flicker of a bluebird among the branches. Listen closely and you may hear the rustling of tiny mice in the underbrush. For the world of the Ancient Ones is teeming with life--from the Douglas squirrels and marbled murrelets taht amke their homes high in the forest canopy, to the millipedes and sowbugs that probe their way through the fallen logs one hundred fifty feet below. In lyrical prose and vividly realized watercolor paintings, acclaimed author-artist Barbara Bash captures the ongoing drama of the old-growth world as she traces the life cycle no only of the Douglas fir but of the forest itself. Both beautiful and informative, Ancient Ones will inspire reverence and awe in readers of all ages for the last of these majestic giants and the intricate web of life they support.

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"A wonderous walk through an old-growth forest. . . . Reading Ancient Ones is truly the next best thing to being there." --School Library Journal, starred review, Best Book "Beautifully affirms the concept of a cycle of life." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Bash's lush paintings . . . capture flora and fauna with reverence." --Booklist "A beautiful and informative book that makes a wonderfully effective ples for this magnificent habitat." --Kirkus Reviews

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