Having traveled to the redwood forests of California, a young boy follows in the footsteps of a researcher. As he goes he reads the very book we are reading. Each description has an accompanying image that provides a way for a child to grasp the qualities of these giants, in particular are those that use everyday objects, like cars to show the size of the base. There is a clear sense of progression as general facts turn to more specific ones which move from the bottom, to the top of the tree. In addition, creatures dependent on the forest are noted. No book can impart how truly impressive these ancient giants are, but it is a credit to the author that he managed to give a sense of the awe he felt in their presence.