A Tree for Emmy

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Emmy liked all kind of trees but her favorite was the mimosa tree in her grandmother's backyard. She loved that tree because it was "stubborn and strong and little bit wild" just like her. For her birthday, Emmy wanted a mimosa tree but no one sold the wild trees with pink fuzz and seedpods that make a mess. Emmy was about to give up her quest until she found the perfect solution: a small mimosa sapling growing at her grandmother's. Her joy had a momentary setback when she realized she would have to wait for the little tree to grow to provide the pink fuzz and seedpods. But she decided to put a fence around the tree to keep it safe and vowed to water it faithfully until it grew "tall, stubborn strong and a little bit wild." Watercolor and collage illustrations with touches of pink and lots of charm perfectly relate Emmy's predicament. The whimsical tale is perfect for nature enthusiasts, makes an ideal Earth Day read, and carries a strong "green" message. The pink polka-dot endpapers add to the playfulness of the story. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

"Stubborn, strong, and a little bit wild." The words describe both Emmy's favorite tree and her demanding personality as she determinedly searches for her tree, one with fuzzy pink flowers. Willows, oaks, and pines just won't do. Emmy wants a marvelous mimosa like the one at her Gramma's house, but mimosa trees, like wildflowers, are not found in garden stores. Emmy's find is not quite expected-a sapling that will take years to mature, but her experience in searching is, like her tree, a growing one. Watercolor and collage illustrations feature lively cartoon figures and depict Emmy's vibrant world. The action comes to a full stop as the child has an up-close-and-personal encounter with her heart's desire.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX

Kirkus Reviews
Freckled, red-haired Emmy loves trees-her grandmother's impressive mimosa in particular. She treasures its low branches, its fuzzy pink flowers and its rattling seedpods. Mai-Wyss's vibrant watercolor-and-collage illustrations show Emmy swinging, dancing, dreaming and playing beneath the mimosa while lyrical text describes her admiration with playful humor. "That ol' tree is a lot like you. Stubborn and strong and a little bit wild," Gramma says. For her birthday, Emmy asks for a mimosa of her own, but the stores don't sell wild trees, and she has to find another way to make one her own. The baby mimosa she discovers doesn't have low branches, pink flowers and seedpods-at least not yet. What is a tree-loving tomboy to do? A spunky and independent heroine, a satisfying story and a gentle environmental message combine nicely here in an arboreal celebration that will delight many a young reader. A fine introduction to the pleasures of trees, well suited for group and home reading. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454754
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,439,784
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

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    My thoughts: The book presents an interesting lesson about vari

    My thoughts: The book presents an interesting lesson about variety of trees. Note: it is not a tree book or a truly instructional book about trees, leaves, seeds, etc. The story revolves around Emmy, a little girl full of energy and who her grandmother describes as stubborn and wild. Grandmother also describes the Mimosa tree as stubborn and wild. Describing a will-growing tree that is hard to get rid of is one thing. To describe a child as stubborn and wild and consider it a positive trait is hard to understand as a favorable trait.

    It is true that stubbornness in a child is indicative of a strong will which when guided and tempered with control can lead to a strong leader in adult life. However, to praise a child for being stubborn and wild without tempering it with controls and leadership by the adults in the child's life can only lead to an adult that is a loose cannon and that is a destructive leader.

    Now the story is cute in that Emmy wants one of the pretty Mimosa trees (I, too, think they are beautiful and wouldn't mind having one in my yard.). So that is what Emmy asks for as her birthday present. She and her parents look and look but cannot find one to purchase since they are considered "wild" trees. They return to grandmother's and Emmy finds a little, tiny shoot of a Mimosa tree which they dig up and take home to plant. Emmy learns that she must protect her new seedling and care for it even though it is a wild tree.

    As I said, the story is cute and Emmy learns a little about trees and young trees. The book is pretty and the illustrations are very nice. Emmy looks like a loveable and delectably irresistible child. I can see the book being used to teach the tenacity of wild trees and how they are stubbornly difficult to rid oneself of. I can also see object lessons on stubbornness in a child being drawn from the story by astute adults.

    DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of A Tree for Emmy" from Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

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