Big Tree Down by Laurie Lawlor, illustrated by David Gordon

Published by Holiday House

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Summary:  Everyone in the neighborhood knows where to go when they hear, “Meet me at Big Tree!”  Big Tree provides shelter, shade, and hiding places.  But one night, a thunderstorm hits the town, and the tree is destroyed by lightning.  The huge branches take down some wires, resulting in a neighborhood blackout.  The process of removing the tree and wires is shown, with plenty of interesting-looking vehicles.  Neighbors are sad to lose their beloved tree, but enjoy the firewood and mulch left behind.  The final page shows a family planting a sapling named Little Tree to replace their old friend.  32 pages; ages 4-7

Pros:  A perfect read for Arbor Day or Earth Day, celebrating community trees.  Fans of construction vehicles and other trucks will enjoy the illustrations of police cars, cherry pickers, dump trucks, and more.

Cons:  Some tree-related back matter would have added to the educational value.

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