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The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure Hardcover – September 2, 2008


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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–4—Much surface and little substance mark this collaboration from Gosline and Bossi—but oh, what a beautiful surface it is. As the rhyming text extols the virtues of trees and describes the planting and growth of a group of seeds, the jewel-toned illustrations of the natural world immediately draw the eye. The elevated language tends more to poetry than sense: "Warm wishes sowed the greening land/and flocking birds rejoiced the stand/and sang a story that uplifts,/the tale of ten trees' simple gifts." The text then introduces these trees, each chosen to represent a particular characteristic (seemingly at random, for the afterword describing the various species gives no hint as to why they were assigned their titles). The blue spruce represents tolerance, the yellow poplar stands for love, and so on. A listing of state trees is appended. With a slightly New Agey premise, this handsomely illustrated book is more inspirational than educational and may find a home in Arbor Day celebrations and in Sunday school classrooms.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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“Beautiful…the jewel-toned illustrations of the natural world immediately draw the eye….handsomely illustrated.” —School Library Journal

 

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“An ideal gift for a newborn. . .The gentle rhymes and luminous artwork reminiscent of Helen Ward will soothe even the most difficult of personalities, making this a good bedtime choice.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312370172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312370176
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THe story almost brings me to tears and the illustrations are wonderful.
H. Beattie
This is the vital yet seldom exemplified, grown-up concept of "accountability", bundled into a simple phrase any child can understand.
MCYoginie
The book is written in rhyme and the message is positive and inspirational.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Beattie on November 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This has quickly become my favorite book. THe story almost brings me to tears and the illustrations are wonderful. I want the illustrations for my walls. It is nice to find a book that you can read over and over, but also feels great to give as a gift to everyone on your list. THis is a must have!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MCYoginie on December 28, 2011
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This book caught my eye at a pediatric center last year, and I recently succeeded in tracking it down. What an amazing find!

Fist of all the illustration is exquisite, magically emulating the purity and joy inherent in young children. Images are soothing and uplifting, as is the message. The first line in the book, "Everything good begins with me" is a compelling symbol for all that follows. In fact, contrary to what one reviewer wrote, this book is rich with substance and meaning.

What greater message can we hope to instill within our children than "everything good begins with me"? This is the vital yet seldom exemplified, grown-up concept of "accountability", bundled into a simple phrase any child can understand. While the imagery captivates, related messages of courage, hope, honesty, love, and gratitude effortlessly filter into the reader's consciousness.

I'm ecstatic to have discovered this book and to share its beauty and eloquence with my children. In fact I purchased additional copies for friends, family and teachers. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this book. It's one you'll want to treasure and pass on for generations.

--Melanie L. in Portland, OR
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Jessen on June 27, 2011
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What a wonderful teacher gift for an elementary teacher. Beautiful illustrations, great values, would be a great lead in for a writing assignment/art project. Very happy with my purchase (and the teacher was too!)
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The book itself was in good condition with small amount of wear, which is what was described by the seller and was what I expected. The one thing I did not appreciate is that it had a personal note written on the first page to the previous owner of the book. This is something that should have been noted as I would not have purchased it that way.
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