The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure

The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure

Hardcover(First Edition)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312370176
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 409,723
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Andrea Alban Gosline and Lisa Bossi are the co-creators of inspirational books, greeting cards, and guided journals. Written with heart by Andrea, and transformed with a lush palette by Lisa, their creative works draws on a love of family and nature's wonders. They are also the author and illustrator of January's Child: A Birthday Month Book (Scholastic, January 2007), Ten Little Wishes (Harper, Spring 2007), and Celebrating Motherhood (Conari Press, 2002).

Read an Excerpt

“Everything good begins with me,”
the acorn told its mother tree,
and drifted on the dancing breeze,
to find a cloak of golden leaves.

Reading Group Guide

Thank you for sharing The Happiness Tree with your children! We provide many ideas to deepen their understanding of various themes in the artistic, scientific and personal realms. From language arts exercises to outdoor activities, we encourage thoughtful observation and wish to awaken the children's reverence for the natural world.

Trees provide beauty, shelter, fuel, food and clean air. They also inspire art and poetry, by arousing emotions and filling our senses. Indeed, trees stand for our very best qualities as human beings.

We hope to inspire your students to express their own original ideas and, like the little acorn we meet in the opening scene, begin journeys, among friends, with the motto:

"Everything good begins with me." ™

Our very best wishes,

Lisa Burnett Bossi & Andrea Alban Gosline

Hope, Love, Courage, Gratitude, Peace, Compassion, Tolerance, Generosity, Honesty, Happiness: Ten words to inform heartfelt discussions with children about feelings, wishes and values.

    Discuss how each tree displays its particular attribute. (Examples: The Tree of Love is loving by cradling a bird's nest. The Tree of Generosity is generous by providing shade, The Tree of Courage iscourageous by braving the wind.)Give examples of the ways that human beings and animals exhibit these traits.Use these ten words to inspire a discussion of different ways children interact with each other in the classroom, at home, in their communities and the world at large.Create original artwork and writing using the individual words as prompts.Start a Happiness Tree log of the children's acts of kindness. Each day, add another example of kindnesses the children witness, hear about or perform themselves.

Amazing Adejectives: A simple oral or written exercise to enhance understanding of descriptive words in poetry and prose.

golden, windy, wild, gritty, fragrant, bare, tender, sturdy, leafy, warm, simple, ringing, unfurling, feathered, soft, small, new, fearless, steady, rainy, refreshing, quiet, good, different, trusted

    Which adjectives are your favorites? Use one in a sentence to describe a noun that interests you.Compose a paragraph or short poem about what makes you happy using these or your own descriptive words.

A circle story is one that begins and ends in the same or similar place and often involves a journey of discovery.

    Is The Happiness Tree a circle story? What happens at the beginning that leads to the ending? Describe the journey of the seedlings.Which friends are made along the way?

Tree Trips: Suggestions for exploring the outdoor world of trees.

    Explore the grounds of your school or neighborhood park. See how many species are growing locally.Visit a state or national park and arrange a tour with a ranger for their wealth of tree knowledge.Survey the stock selection at your local nursery and ask the staff tree expert to guide your visit.Study specimen trees at a botanical garden.Visit an apple orchard any time of year for living lessons about the cycle of a tree's life.Spend a day at a sustainable tree farm and take part in their educational activities for children.

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Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
The opening line is perfect, "Everything good begins with me."  A tiny acorn tumbles to the ground and issues this statement to its mother tree.  Then his adventure begins.  He snuggles deep into a cloak of golden leaves, takes a long winter's nap and emerges in the warm Springtime wide awake, ready to sprout and stand tall amidst his prestigious elders.  Beautiful illustrations of different types of trees appear in the following pages and each one gives an account of his value, worth and contributions to his surrounding world. The trees are characterized by words such as hope, love, courage, gratitude, peace, compassion, tolerance, generosity, honesty, and happiness.  They model to the human reader the exact attributes humans need to make their world a  more loving and better place to inhabit.  The world will then be a thriving and healthy community with everyone and everything living together in harmony and peace and doing their share to make the planet the best it can be. The book is written in rhyme and the message is positive and inspirational.  The illustrations are magical and bring the text alive.  The journey from a tiny seed to a luscious, thriving forest encourages us to look after our world so our children can stand in the midst of "life" and know as they grow up they will need to become good stewards of their earth, as one day they will be passing it on to their children's and their children's children.......and so goes forth the circle of life with everyone having a part to play to keep it going.