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Before We Stood Tall: From Small Seed to Mighty Tree Picture Book - Alder & Alouette

Before We Stood Tall

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Before We Stood Tall is a book with expressive text and art  to tell the story of the life cycle of trees as it has never been told before --- in reverse. Here's a poetic depiction of the life cycle of trees, told one step at a time, based on newly researched information. In simple but evocative text, each step is introduced with "Before . . .," making for a rhythmic telling.

For example, "Before we stood tall, we clothed ourselves in bark and crowned ourselves in leaves, waving eagerly at the sun."

In a unique twist, the book highlights the underground network of roots and fungus that connects the forest. Trees and their cycle of life have never been more beautifully --- or more lovingly --- celebrated.



  • Before We Stood Tall
  • Written by Jessica Kulekjian and illustrated by Madeline Kloepper.
  • Published by Kids Can Press, September 7, 2021.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  • 0.43" H x 9.35" L x 10.45" W (0.94 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover