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The trees in the Crooked Forest are pine trees. Many of them have a similar shape. Their trunks curve sharply just above the ground. Each trunk bends in the same direction. The reason for their unusual shape has kept people guessing for 50 years.

Plants get their food through a process known as photosynthesis. Plants use their leaves to collect energy from the sun. They also collect carbon dioxide in the air. Plants’ roots absorb water from the soil. Then, plants are able to make a sugar called glucose. They need this sugar to survive. Plants will also release oxygen into the air.

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Making Connections


Would you want to visit the Crooked Forest? Why or why not?


Have you read other books about trees? How are Poland’s crooked trees similar and different?


People don’t know for sure what caused the trees’ trunks to curve. What are some other mysteries that scientists haven’t solved?

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