Thank You, Trees!


Rhyming story giving thanks for the gifts trees provide on the occasion of Tu B'Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day.
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Rhyming story giving thanks for the gifts trees provide on the occasion of Tu B'Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Pamela Paul
…charming…The art and the rhyming text are carefully pitched to a very young reader. Even the youngest will glean new appreciation for and respect of the environment…
Publishers Weekly
Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish Arbor Day, and families can celebrate its message with this charming and colorful board book for youngest readers. Karwoski (Seaman, the Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark) teams with educator Gootman to provide easy-to-say (or repeat) rhymes (“Recycle paper,/ Show you care./ Weed and water./ Do your share”). Collage-style illustrations by Balouch (The King and the Three Thieves) brighten the book. The lines and shapes she uses are expressive and energetic, and her illustrations are packed with birds and other outdoor critters, as well as a multicultural complement of children. The simple lesson will stick, and trees can be thanked almost all year round, from sticky green spring to the last leaf of fall. Tu B’Shevat will next be celebrated Jan. 26, 2013. Ages 1–4. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Anne Pechnyo
This board book serves as a good introduction to Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish celebration called "New Year of the Trees," for the youngest listeners. On this day often falling in January, families and friends plant trees, eat new fruit bared from trees, and celebrate with each other. The text is predictable, starting each two-page spread with the sentence "On Tu B'Shevat/We plant a tree." The repeated first sentence along with the use of rhyming couplets gives even the youngest listeners the ability to read along, knowing what will happen first each time a page is turned. Balouch's illustrations show children and adults of many different races enjoying the different celebrations described on each page. From enjoying a picnic, to recycling paper, to weeding and watering the newly planted trees, listeners will be continually entertained. This board book helps show young readers and listeners all that goes into celebrating Tu B'Shevat and truly appreciating trees. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo
Kirkus Reviews
An ode to trees and fruit in celebration of Tu B'Shevat, a Jewish holiday. Often occurring in the latter part of January or early February, Tu B'Shevat is also called "New Year of the Trees." The five double-page spreads show friends and family members planting trees, picking and eating tree fruit, and taking care of the planet as the holiday is observed in modern Israel and other parts of the world. The rhymed verse scans with a pleasing rhythm: "On Tu B'Shevat / we plant a tree. / Baskets of fruit / For you and me. // Orange, grapefruit / Peach or plum, / Lemon, mango, / Apple--yum!" The collagelike graphics in muted jewel tones are overlaid on wood grain (likely digitally simulated) with a blue or green wash. While some of the body postures and facial expressions are a bit stiff, it is refreshing to see a diverse group of children and adults engaged in the festivities. There are playful bits of humor in the art, evident in one scene in which a young boy pops out of a hole where a tree is about to be planted. While commemorating only a minor holiday, this book is a gentle introduction for the youngest observers. (Board book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580139731
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Pages: 10
  • Sales rank: 704,396
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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