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Sierra Club Books

Ancient Ones
The World of the Old-Growth Douglas Fir
By Barbara Bash, illustrated in full color by the author
Paperback, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57805-081-9
Ages: 6-10; Grades: 1-5

Deep in the old-growth forest, the earth is moist and the air is thick with the fragrance of decomposing needles. Lichen-covered logs crisscross the forest floor, and lush green moss clings to the ancient Douglas firs that tower overhead. All is still and silent. Or is it?

Look carefully and you might see the flicker of a bluebird among the branches. Listen closely and you may hear the rustling of tiny mice in the underbrush. For the world of the Ancient Ones is teeming with life -- from the Douglas squirrels and marbled murrelets that make their homes high in the forest canopy, to the millipedes and sowbugs that probe their way through the fallen logs one hundred fifty feet below.

In lyrical prose and vivid watercolor paintings, acclaimed author-artist Barbara Bash captures the on-going drama of the old-growth world as she traces the life cycle not only of the Douglas fir, but of the forest itself. Both beautiful and informative, Ancient Ones will inspire reverence and awe in readers of all ages for the last of these majestic giants and the intricate web of life they support.

Barbara Bash has written and illustrated four other children's books for the Sierra Club, including two previous Tree Tales -- Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab and Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus. She lives in upstate New York.

NOTE: Ancient Ones is printed on paper containing a minimum of 50% recovered waste (of which at least 10% is post-consumer waste) and absolutely no fiber from old-growth trees.

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