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I am a librarian at an elementary CA . I have enjoyed many Pebble Plus books. I recently highlighted this book in my library by reading it to all the K-3rd graders students who visit my library., approx. 500 students. As the week wore on and with repeated readings I realized the tree pictured on the cover and labeled as a pine on page 21 is not a pine tree. I took the book home and showed the photos to my husband who has a degree in horticulture. He agrees the mature tree is probably a fir tree or blue spruce.The photo is listed as taken by Robert J. Beyers II. Also the photo of the young tree on pg 21 is probably not a pine tree. It has needles coming directly out of the stem, instead of a sheath. This photo is credited to Corbis/Photowood Inc. The photo editor/ researcher is Jo Miller.
This concern is troubling to me because I found myself in the uncomfortable position of having to avoid pointing to photos in question while still trying to teach children about Pine trees! I couldn't change books because I didn't have another about pine trees, and I had brought pine cones, pine nuts and pine branches to share.
Do not buy this book!
I want to continue to have faith in the accuracy of Pebble and pebble plus books, but this book concerns me. I contacted the book seller and publisher, I got a refund and a book gift but it had the same photo editor, so who knows?