One Day This Tree Will Fall (Hardcover)

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One Day This Tree Will Fall (Hardcover)


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Discover how a tree’s wounds and decay bring new life to the forest ecosystem in this lyrical nonfiction picture book for fans of Because of an Acorn and A Stone Sat Still.

When a tree falls, is its story over?

There are many ways a tree’s story could end: Gobbled up by a bird as a tiny seed. Damaged by wind or ice or fire. Chopped down and hauled away. But some trees—this tree—survives. And grows old. Riddled with scars, cracks, and crevices, it becomes a place creatures large and small call home.

One day, after standing tall for centuries, this tree will fall. But even then, is its story over? Or will it continue to nurture the forest and its creatures for many years to come? Complete with additional information about the role trees play in a forest ecosystem, this sweeping story invites readers of all ages to celebrate the incredible life cycle and afterlife of trees.
Leslie Barnard Booth is the author of A Stone Is a Story and One Day This Tree Will Fall. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest, attended Pomona College and later earned an MFA in creative writing and an MS in education from the University of Oregon. Leslie lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves exploring the natural world with her family. Visit her at

Stephanie Fizer Coleman is an illustrator with a penchant for playful color and rich texture. She is the illustrator of many books, including Five Flying PenguinsBird Count, and Time to Fly. Stephanie grew up in a rural area, so it’s no surprise that furry and feathered creatures are her favorite subjects to draw. When she’s not drawing, Steph can be found sipping tea and reading books. She lives in West Virginia with her husband and two dogs. Learn more at
Product Details ISBN: 9781534496965
ISBN-10: 1534496963
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English
** "Lively, poetic writing and beautiful illustrations . . . combine for a volume perfect for reading aloud, and not only in science classes. Even the youngest of readers and listeners will grasp the concepts of ecosystems and the continuity of life. A model of what an excellent STEM-focused picture book can be."
Horn Book, starred review

** "A lyrical evocation of an essential natural cycle."
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Celebrating the interdependence of living things within their ecosystem, this well-crafted picture book reads aloud beautifully."

"Throughout the tree’s many life stages, forest creatures of myriad types both leave their mark and make their home, underscoring the central role that trees play in a larger ecosystem."
Publisher's Weekly

"This is a reverent portrayal of growth and regrowth....Changes in perspective expertly convey the majesty of the landscape and the intricacy of all the creatures amid the branches and roots, reinforcing the tree’s existence as a nurturing home."