In this simple
poem with environmental themes, illustrated by award-winning
artist Bob Staake, two young families in two very different parts
of the world each plant a tree. As the trees flourish, so do
the families . . . while trees all over the world help clean
the air, enrich the soil, and give fruit and shade.
With a nod to Kenya's successful Green Belt Movement, Diane Muldrow's
elegant text celebrates the life and hope that every tree-from
Paris to Brooklyn to Tokyo-brings to our planet. Now in paperback,
this book can be enjoyed by children in classrooms everywhere.
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4-With a synergistic mesh of lyrical language and bright, expansive
illustrations, this picture book enumerating the many benefits
of trees is a winner. Muldrow's poetic text shapes beauty from
simple observations: "The sunshine went into the buds,/And
soon they burst open./Everywhere it was pink./And we were dizzy/With
springtime." As the text describes the growth of the tree
and the many benefits it provides (shade, clean air, fruit, sap,
and holding the soil, among others), Staake's signature modernized
cartoon-style illustrations circle the globe, showing families
in New York, Vermont, Japan, Kenya, France, and Italy as they
enjoy what the trees have to offer. Enjoyable and informative,
this beautiful presentation of a clear ecological message is
perfect for sharing on Earth Day, Arbor Day, or in ecology units.
A family in
Brooklyn plants a tree in their small backyard; turn the page
and a Kenyan family plants a tree on the bare African savannah.
Then in Paris, Tokyo, and more places across the globe, each
newly planted tree grows up, as the children in the family do.
Muldrow weaves some science into the lines: "Sunshine went
into the leaves / And brought food to the tree," and through
the seasons, the trees grow beautiful pink blossoms, green leaves
that help clean the air, and fruit, while their roots keep the
soil from blowing away and provide a place for families to plant
food. Illustrating the simple poetry are clean-lined digital
illustrations that show the botany details and celebrate the
connections between plants and people, present and long-term,
across time and space, as each generation continues the conservation
efforts and helps "heal the earth."
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