Mildred Taylor’s first book, Song of the Trees, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, is full of vivid characters (the Logan family) and vivid landscape. Cassie and her family are bullied into letting their trees be cut down for profit, until David Logan comes home from the railroad and shows down the loggers.
Find beautiful melodic descriptions of the forest. Students can study sentence structure and word types within these passages: strong verbs, adjectives, adverbs. The book also fosters discussion on bullies, racism and the environment.