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PreS-Gr 2-Joni wants to celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish "Birthday of the Trees" (as explained in an author's note at the front of the book). She offers various gifts to the tree in her front yard: water, sun, a dirt "cupcake," but concludes that it needs a companion. Friends and family help her plant a sapling, and their gift is a promise to take care of the trees of the world. In a lovely conclusion, the rattling of leaves sounds "as if the trees were clapping." Endpapers list "ways to help the Earth," including a suggestion to spread the word to friends. Warm, impressionistic digital paintings show resourceful Joni, her cooperative friend Nate, and their peaceful, leafy neighborhood. Their ideas for gifts are realistic, their love for nature is palpable, and they make fine role models for readers. An excellent choice for caregivers to read before holding a tree celebration of any kind with children.-Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FLα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Young Joni marks Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, by singing to the large tree in her front yard. Later, with help from her neighbor, Nate, she finds other ways to honor her leafy friend: watering it, blowing clouds away from the sun, creating a mulch “cupcake,” and encouraging birds. Finally they decide the tree would like a friend, and with help from Mom, they purchase and plant a sapling, celebrating with a party for both. Rosenberg’s succinct text conveys the basic concepts of this holiday for young readers. Christy’s soft-focus art features earth tones and spring colors, while the endpapers depict a large tree whose branches remind readers of ways to help the earth. Although aimed at a Jewish audience, the book’s ecological message will resonate with a wider readership. Pair with Marji E. Gold-Vukson’s Grandpa and Me on Tu B’Shevat (2004) for a holiday story hour or to explain the origins of Arbor Day and Earth Day. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807531510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807531518
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in Southwest Virginia on a great dead-end street with woods, a creek, and copious amounts of mud. After college, I moved back to Virginia, where I spent more than a decade at a daily newspaper writing stories about colorful, real-life characters. These days, I'm making up characters of my own.

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This is the perfect story for any child who loves his or her natural world - and what child doesn't feel that powerful connection? Rosenberg's gentle story guides us through Joni's quest to celebrate her favorite tree, and in doing so, shows children how they can care for trees in big and little ways. Christy's luminous illustrations cap off this fine book.
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By Linda Deemer on December 18, 2012
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What a delightful story about children appreciating nature. This is what we need more of- showing children that they can give back, appreciate the beauty around them and protect nature.This is a book for ALL children.
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By joseph Corey on October 29, 2012
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My daughter really likes this book about the day set aside to celebrate the birthday of trees. Madelyn Rosenberg has many great tips for what to do to enjoy the day with any trees in your yard.
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