Redwoods by Jason Chin opens with a little boy sitting and waiting for his train when he spies an abandoned book. When he opens the book, magical things begin to happen. I’ve always enjoyed the magical places that books take us and Redwoods takes us into the little boy’s imagination. As he reads about redwoods, dinosaurs appear in the windows of the train. The roots of the trees appear as he exits the subway station and learns that the root system of redwoods can “travel more than one hundred feet from the tree” and he exits the train into a forest surrounded by redwoods that can grow more than 200 feet tall.
Redwoods does a good job of exercising the imagination and teaching about Redwoods as the little boy explores a forest while never leaving the city. In the U.S., the coast redwoods (Sequois sempervirens) only grow in a strip of coast reaching from southern Oregon down through central California and are well worth seeing. Muir woods is an easy drive from San Francisco. If you’re traveling further north, the Mystery Tour near the Oregon/California border in Klamath, CA provides a gondola ride through the trees of the Redwood National and State Parks. The Redwood National and State parks run for about 37 miles along the northern California coast and offer lots of hiking and exploring opportunities along with junior ranger programs for kids. The Redwoods are awe inspiring and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
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