Expressive text and art tell the story of the life cycle of trees as it has never been told before --- in reverse.
Here's a lyrical depiction of the life cycle of trees, told one step at a time, based on newly researched information. The steps are described in simple but evocative text, each starting with “Before . . .” for a rhythmic telling. For example, “Before we stood tall, we clothed ourselves in bark and crowned ourselves in leaves, waving eagerly at the sun.” Particular attention is paid throughout to what's happening underground and how that links all life in the forest. Beginning with mature giants, “mighty in the kingdom of trees,” and ending with the promise of new life on the branches that are “hoping to be mighty in the kingdom of trees,” it's a beautiful and loving celebration of the circle of life.
Before Jessica Kulekjian was a teacher and writer, she spent her childhood playing among trees and imagining stories. As she grew, her love of learning sprouted alongside a dream to become an author. Before We Stood Tall is her first book. Jessica lives in central California with her family.
Madeline Kloepper grew up in the lower mainland of British Columbia and has a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her work is influenced by childhood, nostalgia and the relationships we forge with nature. She has illustrated several books for children and lives in Prince George, British Columbia.