Giants in the Land by Diana Appelbaum

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A story of the human ingenuity needed to turn the Giant Pines of New England into masts for the great British Navy.

About Diana Appelbaum

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No Bio Michael McCurdy, the celebrated American artist, has illustrated books by David Mamet and Edward Abbey. He lives in Massachusetts.
Published September 27, 1993 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Science & Math, Education & Reference.

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After the many paeans to rainforests, a different kind of tribute to trees--to the towering specimens that grew only in the primeval New England forests and were felled to make masts for British warships--``forty inches wide at the base, one hundred and twenty feet tall, and absolutely straight''...

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The trees, she notes, ``stood taller than an apartment house twenty-five stories high, taller than the tallest building ever built in New Hampshire or Maine.'' Her story uses a wealth of such well-presented facts to describe how, in King George's day, these trees were laboriously cut, hoisted ont...

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