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every tree has a story


Some trees have lived many lifetimes, standing as silent witnesses to history. Some are remarkable for their age and stature; others for their usefulness. A bristlecone pine tree in California is more than 4,000 years old; a major oak in England was used as a hiding place for Robin Hood and his men.

The fourteen trees in this book have earned the title “Celebritrees” for their global fame and significance. Both in fact and in legend, these fascinating trees remind us not only how much pleasure trees bring, but what they can tell us about history.

Illustrator Rebecca Gibbon’s charming folk-inspired illustrations bring the stories behind these famous trees to life.

Published by Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt.

Praise for Celebritrees

A joyful and respectful homage to trees that have stood the test of time.
— Publishers Weekly
This picture book gallery of impressive trees, illustrated in friendly folk-art style, offers substantive information on what makes each specimen unique.
— Horn Book Magazine
It’s a fun spin on a dull topic: old trees. ‘I loved seeing the Coast Redwood next to the Statue of Liberty,’ says a 9-year-old tester.”
— Parents magazine

Awards for Celebritrees


“One of the 20 Best Children’s Books of 2011” Parent’s Magazine

A New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing selection

NDLA Flicker Tale Book Award

A CBC Notable Social Studies Selection

A Junior Library Guild Selection