Sunday, February 26, 2023

*Review* Rise to the Sky by Rebecca E. Hirsch


Genre: Children's 5-10 years
Published: April 4, 2023
Pages: 32

Trees are the tallest living things on Earth. But how do they grow to be so tall? Science writer Rebecca E. Hirsch presents a poetic introduction to the tree life cycle in Rise to the Sky. Accompanied by Mia Posada's detailed collage illustrations, this book features the tallest tree species from around the world, including the coast redwood, the Sitka spruce, and the giant sequoia.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This was an educational book about how trees grow, especially about how they grow to be so tall. While I already had a rudimentary understanding of the process, I can't say that I really knew that them growing in places with mild climates and not a whole lot of wind was a thing. The language in the book is simple enough that young children should be able to understand it, and it did feel pretty informative. 

The illustrations were like pieces of colored tissue paper were glued onto another piece of paper to create the images, giving depth and texture to the images. It's a method that I don't feel like it's used a lot, although I feel like I've seen it somewhat frequently in the books I've been reading lately, so maybe it's a current trend that I just don't know about. 

Being an educational book, it was a bit dry in tone, so I'm not sure I'd really want to read it many times, but being educational, multiple readings would also be more beneficial. Overall I give this book 3.97 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Rebecca E. Hirsch is an award- winning children's author with a PhD in plant biology. Her picture books include Plants Can't Sit Still and Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at

Mia Posada grew up in Minneapolis, then studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also studied art in Florence, Italy, and illustration at Academy of Art College in San Francisco, California. Mia has written and illustrated numerous books including: The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing MigrationWho Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks, and Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors. She illustrated Plants Can't Sit Still which was named a Kirkus Best Children's Books and won the NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts Award. She lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota with her husband and their three kids.

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