The Witness Trees

Ryan G. Van Cleave, Dom Dom (illus.)

The Witness Trees
Bushel & Peck Books
United States
7 March 2023

The Witness Trees

Ryan G. Van Cleave, Dom Dom (illus.)

For generations, trees have silently witnessed history’s most pivotal moments. Here are their stories.

In the sweep of wind over grass, near the pulse of rivers, we stand, monuments of bark and age-curled green. Above, an avalanche of stars. Below, the ocean of earth. Within, the uncounted lives birthed, bloomed, and plucked from the gardens we tend. We survive. We remember. We witness.

In evocative verse and stunning artwork, Witness Trees is the story of the world’s most enduring witnesses: the trees. From the Flower of Kent apple tree still standing in Sir Isaac Newton’s yard, to the English oak given to Jesse Owens after facing down Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, to the California redwood saved from destruction by July Butterfly Hill, to the Callery pear tree still miraculously alive after the World Trade Towers fell, Witness Trees is a moving tribute to the world’s most famous trees, many of which still need humanity’s protection. Be moved, be inspired, be amazed by the quiet, reverberating voices of nature’s sentinels: the witness trees.

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