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Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Located in Redwood National Park in northern California, a coast redwood tree dubbed Hyperion is the tallest known tree on earth. More than six hundred years old, it is approximately 379 feet tall--and still climbing!

Hyperion (Greek, for "the High One") sprouted, flourished, and survived ecological threats for over six hundred years before being discovered by tall-tree
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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Brenda Kahn
Just gorgeous! Perfect impressionistic lesson on Redwood/ old growth forests.
Terry Johnson
May 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
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This has to be the most stunning cover I've seen this year! Can't wait to read it.
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Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth by Carrie A. Pearson, illustrated by Susan Swan. PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION. Charlesbridge, 2018. $17. 9781580897716



The tallest tree in the world began as a just a tiny sprout from a fallen tree and over hundreds of years grew and provided shelter to many animals. As time passed, people started to invade this tree’s home and laws were required to protect it. Today it
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Things I didn’t like: I was worried it was going to turn in to one of those books with an annoying agenda. It didn’t turn out that way. It is a less in your face, less you are terrible kind of agenda.
I can’t articulate the feeling I got at the beginning, but it is something like it was misrepresenting the passage of time like moving too fast. Then, boom, it’s 600 years later. So, it went from super fast, to just jumping. I don’t know how to do that differently, but It was all a little off
Laura Giessler
Carefully researched book about how the tallest tree known on earth grew from a sprout or seed into a giant redwood. The author provides descriptions of the canopy ecosystem, the devastating impact of humans on the redwood forests, and the law signed by President Carter in 1968 that significantly expanded Redwood National Park and protected many trees. "When redwood harvesting began in the mid-1800s, there were more than two million acres of old-growth redwood forests. By 1968 nine out of ten ...more
Laurie Hnatiuk
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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For those who love trees especially those gorgeous redwoods, this is the story of a tree from its death providing new life in the entire ecosystem including the impact humans have played in the forest. We see the growth of what is considered to now be the tallest tree from its infancy to 1200 years later. A fabulous addition to talk about ecosystems and conservation in classrooms and libraries. The illustrations by a Susan Swan are detailed and stunning and will have readers appreciating the ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poetically written, spare prose breathes life into this terrifically illustrated book on the redwoods. I am a fan--of both the tree and the book!
I also enjoyed all of the additional information at the back of the book, giving more interesting information about redwood trees. I have wanted to visit the redwoods since I was a kid and now I really MUST go!!
Put this one on your classroom bookshelves!
Ashley Adkins
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful non-fiction picture book. The text is simple enough to engage young readers in a very complex story. The rhythmic words create a fun tone of the story as you read it as well. My favorite is the additional information in the back of the book but beware, it will make you want to visit the Redwoods!
Michele Knott
Celebrating the redwood trees, Pearson details the magnificence of these trees and tells the story of one particular tree that started off as such a tiny shoot, but now grows tall, perhaps tallest, in the forest.
Don't miss the fascinating backmatter. I thought this was really interesting - did you know no one knows the site of 2 trees that are racing to be the tallest tree? Scientists actually will not tell you where they are, keeping the location hidden in the hopes the trees will continue to
Amy Nielander
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a treasure filled with lovely poetic language and thoughtful sensory words. I felt like I was among the redwoods! The long lush sentences guided me with helpful information while the short, simple sentences created a cinematic effect. The illustrations are rich and colorful with a wondrous attention to textures. Kids will love exploring each page!
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of giant redwoods, I loved this story! So much information about the life of a huge tree mixed in with the story, a fold out tree spread at the end that kids will love, and back matter for additional info.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Presented in story form, the life of the tallest measured redwood tree. Lush illustrations and great back matter gives the facts behind various pages. Wonder if I walked past this tree on a visit to Redwood NP?
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of good information in here. I was a little thrown off by the tall tree falling and then the new sprout being the tallest tree on Earth. I wasn't sure why it didn't just start with the sprout. Berry was very impressed with the foldout, however.
A terrific nonfiction picture book celebrating the giants among us--the giant Redwoods. Engaging, educational, and beautifully illustrated. Excellent back matter to learn more.
Baby Bookworm
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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An older redwood, at the end of its life, is blown down by a storm; yet from it, new life begins. This tiny seed takes root in the remains of the older tree, putting down
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had a sneak peek at this picture book yesterday and was blown away. The illustrations are just exquisite. Through collage, the artist has brought all the elements of forest life to the page. Readers will find themselves exploring the forest and discovering insects, birds, mammals, and lizards peeking out from behind leaves and branches just as if they were using careful, quiet observation skills in an actual forest. Carrie Pearson's text is beautifully written and well researched. This is a ...more
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Carrie A. (Ann) Pearson lives in Marquette, Michigan on the sandy shore of Lake Superior. She is a former early elementary teacher and is now a full-time author, a Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and an entrepreneur. A Gwen Frostic Award winner, her latest book is a narrative nonfiction picture book called Stretch to the Sun: From A Tiny Sprout ...more