Oregon State University Press has just published a beautifully illustrated book for children ages 9-12 focused on scientific inquiry and wonder about nature. It follows two friends as they explore (I love that word!) a forest, and the book is one part story and another part Ellie’s field notebook. While it can be enjoyed by a reader anywhere, children and teachers in Oregon will love the focus on Pacific Northwest natural history.
Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell, by Judith Li; illustrations by M.L. Herring (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2013), 112 pp.
After a huge tree crashes to the ground during a winter storm, ten-year-old Ellie and her new friend, Ricky, explore the forest where Ellie lives. Together, they learn how trees provide habitat for plants and animals high in the forest canopy, down among mossy old logs, and deep in the pools of a stream. The plants, insects, birds, and mammals they discover come to life in colored pen-and-ink drawings.
An engaging blend of science and storytelling, Ellie’s Log also features:
• Pages from Ellie’s own field notebook, which provide a model for recording observations in nature
• Ellie’s advice to readers for keeping a field notebook
• Ellie’s book recommendations
• Online resources for readers and teachers—including a Teacher’s Guide—are available at the companion website: ellieslog.org.
The forest and animals described in Ellie’s Log are based on those found at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades, where researchers have been learning about forests and streams for decades.
The OSU Press has taken the occasion of this new book to make their first ever book trailer: