I have just read an outstanding book, and would like to recommend it to you all. Winter Trees, by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans. Charlesbridge Publishing Co., 2008. ISBN: 978-1-58089-168-4 In this beautifully illustrated work, a boy and his dog walk through a snowy woods, stopping to enjoy and identify the trees they encounter. These include sugar maple, American beech, paper birch, yellow poplar, bur oak, Eastern hemlock, and white spruce. The pleasantly rhymed text would be excellent to read aloud with a child: the lovely, colorful illustrations (linoleum block) clearly and simply show the shape and characteristics of these trees in their winter garb. I like this book for several reasons---most of all for its idea, i.e., that there is much beauty in nature if we take the time to see it. A great book for people of every age!