I love trees (if you need further proof check out this and that). Bark is a very important park of a tree and without it the tree will die. Bark is like a tree’s skin and served the same basic function. To see a great diagram of a tree’s layers check out this link: The Anatomy of a Tree. Tree bark can be really useful to us too. Did you know cinnamon comes from tree bark as does cork. Check out the videos below to see how they are harvested! Did you also know that aspirin comes from the bark of a willow tree?
The texture variation of different tree types is interesting to look at. I like the really deep grooves of the willow and stringiness of the cedar. I’m fascinated by the smooth white pealing bark of the birch trees and the patterned peals of the sycamore! Here are some close-ups of different tree types from my neighborhood. Enjoy!
This video shows how different spices are harvested in Shir Lanks including cinnamon using traditional methods…
Cork harvesting in Portugal…
Further reading about Trees…
I had trouble finding children’s books specifically about tree bark, hmm!!!
Tree Bark by Hugues Vaucher, a Swiss tree enthusiast, includes more than 550 photos and more than 440 tree species from around the world.
In My Tree by Sara Gillingham is a fun little puppet board book for the very young. We have In My Nest from the same series and my 4 year old still enjoys!
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is an absolute classic about a tree who gives all it can to a boy throughout his life.
A Caldecott Medal recipient, A Tree is Nice by Janice May Undry is about all the ways a tree is nice like swinging from it’s branches!
Winter Trees by Carol Gerber (which I also reviewed in my post on winter book recommendations) is about recognizing tree types in winter.
Trees, Leaves, and Bark by Diane Burns is a children’s comprehensive field-guide for Trees.
Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World by Margi Preus is about famous trees throughout History. This book highlights 14 different trees from the famously useful to the legendary and it’s on my library list!
The Tree Girl by T. A. Barron, for ages 8 and up, is about a girl who is warned about yet drawn to a mystical tree and it’s secrets!