"It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man." – Henry David Thoreau Not to get all poetic on you, but Thoreau knows his stuff. For those of you who don't love Thoreau, let's talk more practically about the importance of trees--they help sustain life! Trees help provide us with oxygen, give us shade in hot days, bring joy in their blossoms and changing leaves, and, of course, provide a relaxing reading spot. :) Don't be surprised at how many fantastic children's books there are centered around trees, when they do so much for us and inspire even the best of poets.