- Megan Bingham
Because of an acorn, a tree. Because of a tree, a bird.
Because of an Acorn, by Lola and Adam Schaefer, is more than just a simplistic story of an acorn. As your young readers follow along with the beautiful illustrated images by Frann Preston-Gannon, they will learn the importance of life cycles in nature. An acorn helps a tree grow, while a bird makes a new home in the tree. Because of a bird, a seed begins! Because of a seed, there's a flower . . . and so on, until the life cycle is complete and begins all over again.
Not only does Because of an Acorn teach little ones about the wonders of nature, but it also encourages children to think about environmental preservation as well. In the back of the book, the Schaefers include technical explanations of all of the things seen throughout the story, including how an ecosystem and the food chain work. They also suggest simple acts of recycling and nature-friendly recreation ideas for you and your young environmentalist to participate in at anytime in your local wilderness. When we appreciate the forest, we do more to conserve land, plants, and animals.