The Trees & Me
by Bianca Begovich & Illustrated by Scott PEarson
Trees are home to many plants, animals and other organisms. Without trees, these species won’t survive. And what would happen to us if there were no trees to help create the air we breathe?
It’s easy to think that little things don’t matter. But small actions can have huge impacts. When we each take a little time to care, our forests and bush remain healthy for all of us to enjoy.
‘The Trees and Me’ is different from other conservation-themed stories in that the focus is on encouraging an understanding of our relationship within the natural world, rather than explaining the environment as something separate from us. ‘The Trees and Me’ puts people in the middle of the story, explaining that we are a part of the natural processes which make the planet work sustainably. The simple prose aims to make holistic environmental themes accessible to younger children, so that from an early age, they have an understanding of their role as caretakers of the environment and that their actions make a difference in the health and future of the world.
Comprehensive Teachers’ Resource Kit available which covers Levels 1 and 2 of The New Zealand Curriculum in the areas of Oral Language, Reading, Written Language, Visual language, Health, social Studies, Art and Technology. Free download from Teachers Resources – also available to parents