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My Mother Talks to Trees
     

My Mother Talks to Trees

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by Doris Gove
 
Laura is walking home from school with her mother. Much to Laura's dismay, her mom insists on stopping at trees along the way and speaking to them as if they were her friends. First Laura hopes no one will notice. Then she stands close to the trees, hoping passersby will think her mother is talking to her.

As her mother greets each tree, mentioning its unique

Overview

Laura is walking home from school with her mother. Much to Laura's dismay, her mom insists on stopping at trees along the way and speaking to them as if they were her friends. First Laura hopes no one will notice. Then she stands close to the trees, hoping passersby will think her mother is talking to her.

As her mother greets each tree, mentioning its unique features, Laura grudgingly begins to take note, and slowly her curiosity overcomes her embarrassment. By the time they're almost home, Laura has made the acquaintance of many special trees in her neighborhood and has come to recognize each one's distinctive features. In the end, she has been infected by her mother's contagious enthusiasm for nature and she begins to develop her own relationship to the natural world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
It's springtime and the neighborhood trees are putting out new leaves and blossoms as Laura and her tree-loving mother walk home from school. At first, Laura is embarrassed when her mother makes regular tree stops to say things like, "Hello, white oak! I love your lichens" to some of her favorite trees, but she gradually becomes interested in her mother's knowledge and caught up in her enthusiasm. Soft, colorful illustrations, stressing botanical details, help fulfill the purpose of this picture book, which is to impart information and appreciation. A helpful, black and white section at the end illustrates tree parts and types, and challenges young readers to try and identify some trees that might be common to their neighborhoods.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-As Laura and her mother walk home from school, Mom converses with trees, congratulating a dogwood on blooming for the first time, praising a redbud for surviving the winter, and thanking a persimmon for last year's fruit. Although Laura hopes none of her friends will see her mother's unusual behavior, she is interested in learning about the trees and even sneaks back to give the walnut sapling that she had planted on Arbor Day some verbal encouragement. By the end of the book, mother and daughter have introduced readers to 11 trees commonly found in the southern United States. Gove does a fine job of weaving botanical facts into the light plot of an afternoon walk. The colored-pencil illustrations are pleasing and the pen-and-ink sketches in the glossary give more precise identification data. This book would make a good companion to Patricia Lauber's Be a Friend to Trees (HarperCollins, 1994) and Joanne Oppenheim's poetry title, Have You Seen Trees? (Scholastic, 1995). It will also encourage children to notice and protect the trees around them.-Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561451661
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,397,887
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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My Mother Talks to Trees 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We went to a book signing this summer with the artist and the young girl and mother who modeled for her. My children absolutely love the book, have taken it to school, and given it for Christmas and birthday gifts! We gave to to the school as a Christmas present so all the teachers can use it in their classes!