In praise of trees

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.”

Chinese Proverb

The How and Why Wonder Book of Trees. Written by Geoffrey Coe. Illustrated by Cynthia Iliff Koehler and Alvin Koehler. Grosset and Dunlap. New York. 1973.

This was one of the books included in my recent free lot of novels, and is not a novel but The How and Why Wonder Book of Trees, originally published in 1964. My copy is from 1973, and I’m featuring selected images illustrated by Cynthia Iliff Koehler and Alvin Koelher.

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Rear cover. The How and Why Wonder Book of Trees. 1973.

Thank you for appreciating trees with us πŸ™‚

TVTA vintage toy tree bonus:

Family Tree House. De Speelboom NΒ°3. Nov 1987.

13 thoughts on “In praise of trees

  1. I have to agree completely with the comments from the friends above, who underline the qualities of your subject; mainly the ability to educate without being “schooled”.

    Children with special abilities (some call them deficiency syndromes…) have repeatedly demonstrated laser sharp focus only towards those subjects that are most appealing to them.
    In other words, our systems of education have more or less forsaken this fundamental principle:
    You never truly learn anything you don’t like.

    Best wishes for you and your family ,mate.

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    • Really good points on education and pupils with a spectrum of learning abilities. The more choice of subjects given, and then the opportunity to follow those which appeal, is more important than being made to study something absolutely useless to an individual.
      I have a background working with young adults with a learning disability, and though our centres were activity and practical skills based (as opposed to education), we offered a wide choice of programmed experiences and then allowed the students to choose as they pleased, whenever they pleased. A good model, which equalled many happy students (and staff too).
      Be well, mate, thanks for your words πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi TVTA, another great trip down memory lane – I remember these “How and Why” books, I had the space and astronomy edition. I never thought about it before but I don’t recall ever seeing a Fir cone in bloom as it were and in colour. I have only seen them dried out just before they open or when they have opened and dispersed the seeds.
    But I’m a little disappointed…you showed the Family Tree House but where is the Ewok Village? 😁 Thanks again.

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    • Thanks, FT. I had lots of Astronomy and space books at school but never came across the ‘How and Why’ books. It’s an impressive book on trees – simple, informative, with charming illustrations.
      Ah, your Jedi powers are strong to conjure a connection between the Treetot Family Treehouse toy and Star Wars… impressed I am… it was the Kenner Treetot toy that was resculpted for Kenner’s Ewok Family Hut in their Preschool line. All praise to the great Kenner!

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      • Haha! Yes the Force flows strong through all living things – even plastic ones – it binds the galaxy together!
        And you certainly got some gems in that collection of books you received. My brother had the “How and Why” book on Microscopes and how to use them. Had hours of learning by recreating the experiments and slides. But I didn’t feel like I was being “schooled” – those books are great.

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