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The Tiny Giant

The Tiny Giant
Barbara Ciletti By (author)
Cathy Morrison Illustrated by
Product ID:  17470
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Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

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9.0 X 9.0 in
32 pg

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Trees & Forests
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Seasons
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance


How do forests grow? Follow the journey of one tiny acorn from seed to tree and celebrate how the power of one can touch so many. As the seasons pass and the weather changes, the tiny acorn steadily supports a thriving ecosystem and eventually grows into a giant oak tree—one day destined to become a magnificent forest. Accompanied by information on various oak varieties and how to grow your own oak tree, young readers will delight in learning how one small thing can create something so significant.


"The presentation combines an idyllic setting and poetic text, resulting in a gentle introduction to ecosystems. Back matter consists of illustrations of 11 North American acorns, a short history of Arbor Day, and instructions on how to plant an acorn and successfully grow an oak tree. This well-organized, slow-paced narrative will encourage young people to grow an oak tree of their own. VERDICT A charming and pretty addition to nature-focused collections." - School Library Journal

Have you ever taken a walk just to look at the trees in your neighborhood? They are as different and beautiful as each one of us. But have you ever thought about how important they are to us? They help us breathe! Transforming carbon into oxygen, every tree supplies enough oxygen for four people. This rhythmic story of the life cycle of a mighty oak from a tiny acorn is sure to fill you with awe and appreciation. Your surroundings will surely awaken. (Ages 5-8) - Midwest Book Review

In the story, we follow the journey of an acorn as it grows from seed to tree through the seasons. But at its heart, it is a story about growth and how great things come from something quite small (and often overlooked). Educational and informative, it is a picture book with so much substance and beauty, it is sure to inspire children everywhere to learn about nature’s tiny giant. And with its lyrical text and perfectly executed illustrations, it would make an engaging read aloud right before going on a nature walk, as we did! ( See my stories ↖️ it was a wild ride! ).
At the back of the book, it includes fun facts about Arbor Day, an illustrated guide of acorns of North America (perfect for your nature studies ) and a page on how to grow your own oak tree (we may have to try that one!). It even comes with FREE downloadable activities (link in bio ↖️) like the Wishes and Dreams Box pictured in this post - perfect for collecting Autumn acorns . . . and wishes! - Storybooktree

The Tiny Giant is a story that tracks the journey of a tiny acorn from seed to tree. Perfect for families and classroom activities, this book consists of illustrations of 11 North American acorns, a short history of Arbor Day and instructions on how to plant and successfully grow an oak tree.

Free resources include downloadable crafts and a digital puzzle for curious kids. - Colorado Project Learning Tree

Author Bio

Barbara Ciletti fell in love with books at the age of three and dedicated her life to teaching children their importance. She has more than three decades of publishing experience and is the author of more than 20 books for adults and children. Barbara lives in Colorado, where she regularly provides workshops about publishing, bookmaking, and storywriting for school children.
Cathy Morrison is a children's book illustrator passionate about nature, science, and the environment. Combining her degrees in fine arts and education along with her background in animation and graphic design, she now researches and illustrates "creative nonfiction" picture books.