We Are Branches

by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
Clarion/HarperCollins, 2023, ISBN (Hardcover) 9780358538189, $18.99 hardcover, 40 pp.

Branches are all around us: in butterfly wings, on gecko toes, in flowers, frost, and mud. Whether as electricity moving across the sky or rivers flowing to the sea, branches are nature’s most efficient way to spread and to connect. They are even found inside our own bodies, helping us reach and grow with each breath and heartbeat. Branches—strong, hopeful, beautiful—are the shape of life. Ages 4-8.


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