Gabrielle Back reviews Can You Hear the Trees Talking: Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest by Peter Wohlleben.

This beautifully presented, colourful publication transported me back to a time in my childhood when I played in the woods amongst the towering trees and collected conkers and acorns, such a magical time was had in those days.

Peter Wohlleben provides us with his extensive knowledge and story telling in such an accessible way which young readers will enjoy. Laced with quizzes, magnificent photographs and hands-on activities, the book entices participation and learning. It is an outstanding introduction to the world of trees, it inspires curiosity and makes an excellent classroom resource full of information.

Peter informs us that trees have parents and that tree grandparents have wrinkles; also there is such a thing as a forest internet.

The mysteries and magic of the forest are shared in a way that children will understand and love. Trees are awesome: they grow together in the forest and can do amazing things. They make us feel happier and more relaxed and they make our planet a more pleasant and healthier place to live. They provide a home for animals in the forest and a tree hug speaks volumes.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.


Can You Hear the Trees Talking? Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest. Peter Wohlleben (2018). Canada: Greystone Books. Hardback pp84. ISBN 978-1771-64454-1. £14.99.

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