Ellie’s Log
112 pages, 9 4/25 x 7 3/10
Release Date:01 Apr 2013

Ellie’s Log

Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell

By Judith L. Li; Illustrated by M.L. Herring
Oregon State University Press
Ten-year-old Ellie and her new friend, Ricky, explore the Douglas fir forest where Ellie lives, starting with the Great Tree that falls in a winter storm. With the help of Ellie’s scientist parents, they measure trees, discover numerous forest creatures, and experience the changes of seasons in the forest ecology. Delightful colored pen and ink drawings of forest habitats also tell the “forest’s story;” each chapter ends with sample pages from Ellie’s own field notebook. A separate Teacher’s Guide is available for classroom (ages 8-12), and an enhanced and interactive website will launch with the book at ellieslog.org.
Judith Li is a retired Oregon State University professor whose participation in the National Science Foundation-sponsored Long Term Ecological Research program led to writing Ellie’s Log. She has edited two other books: To Harvest, To Hunt: Stories of Resource Use in the American West and, with Michael Barbour, Wading for Bugs: Exploring Streams with the Experts. M.L. Herring is a science writer and illustrator who works with researchers around the world to describe their discoveries within the natural world.

Chapter 1 After the Big Storm

Chapter 2 A Forest of Fallen Trees

Chapter 3 A Mossy World

Chapter 4 Lots of Rot

Chapter 5 Birds and Bugs

Chapter 6 In the Night

Chapter 7 Into the Future      


Ellie’s Notes on Notebooks

Ellie’s Suggestions for Books about Exploring the Natural World
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