Behold the Trees

Author: Sue Alexander

Illustrator: Leonid Gore

In this creatively illustrated picture book, Sue Alexander speaks of the trees and their place in what is current-day Israel from the times of ancient history to the present day. She speaks movingly of the lush growth that once covered that land; of the ignorance, war, and lack of care that eventually caused the land to be nearly barren; and of the world-wide efforts which have led to the planting of thousands of trees and to a renewed life in the land. Behold the Trees is a unique blend of ecology and history. In a lesser author, it would be a truly boring and didactic work; however, Alexander’s deft writing and Gore’s craggy, earth-toned illustrations craft this into a moving story instead. I probably wouldn’t read this as a picture book for small children, but I think Behold the Trees is a beautiful book that everyone should read at least once, if only for the perspective it provides.

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