A boy picks up a book on redwoods on the subway, and soon is engrossed in the subject. The illustrations reflect his inner absorption. For example, when he reads that some redwoods alive today may have sprouted during the Roman Empire, two Romans in togas appear on either side of him (with really funny expressions on their faces.) As he comes out of the subway, which now seems to have roots growing through the ceiling, he enters the redwood forests. Interesting facts about redwoods coupled with more amazing illustrations, such as the Statue of Liberty in the redwood forest, and a redwood transplated to a city street, provide the reader some sense of scale. Great for elementary age readers.