We Planted a Tree

We Planted a Tree


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Perfect for springtime reading! In this poetic picture book 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553539035
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 267,307
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

DIANE MULDROW, an editorial director at Golden Books, has written dozens of children’s books. She is the author of the bestselling Everything I Need to Know series, and she edited Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way by Leonard Marcus. Learn more at dianemuldrow.com.

BOB STAAKE is the creator of many books for children, including My Pet Book; Bluebird; The Red Lemon, a 2006 New York Times Best Illustrated Book; The Donut Chef, a Children’s Choice Book Awards finalist; and Look! A Book! He’s also a prolific and highly acclaimed commercial illustrator whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Time, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. Learn more at BobStaake.com and on Twitter @bobstaake.

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We Planted a Tree 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Erma2 More than 1 year ago
Bob Staake, the illustrator is amazing. We own everything we can get our hands on that he has drawn. His children's books are multilayered, but easy to understand. Our kids use them to learn to draw as well as loving the stories. All we can say is MORE MORE MORE!
Grandma_Patty More than 1 year ago
A good way to teach children to take care of the environment is to give them books that teach them about the importance of doing just that. They love to read so I accomplish two things at once by giving them this book. They called me, very excited, after they got it to read it to me on the telephone.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this delightful picture book, families plant trees and watch the trees grow along with themselves. As time passes, the families see all the benefits of planting a tree, including shade, cleaner air, soil restoration, etc. While it obviously serves to send a message, the text itself is not heavy-handed but allows for parents and educators to open up a conversation about sustainability and environmental impacts. The colorful, cartoon-like illustrations are a charming addition, and no doubt children will enjoy the exotic scenery such as a busy Parisian landscape as well as the fun little details like the family pets (a cat and a dog in the U.S.; a goat in Africa). Overall, this is a fine addition to any school, public, or family library.
wrightk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book for many reasons! The poetic text draws readers in, as it both provides scientific information on trees, as well as ties together parallels in growth around the world. The theme of the world becoming a better place as we grow plants to provide our own resources and contribute to the earth's "healing" is interwoven with the world becoming a better place as children around the world grow. Highly recommended for units on conservation/green or global community.
julieah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We Planted a Tree is a cartoon-like picture book that takes the reader around the world, enjoying and learning what trees have to offer the Earth. The language is straightforward and poetic and stresses the importance of trees and a clean environment. The book is filled with observations that describe the benefits that trees give to the earth and to people, including food, shade, and clean air. This book would be great in classroom or school libraries for grades preschool through fourth grade. It is a great read aloud to begin a unit on ecology, the environment, or also to celebrate Earth Day. This lyrical picture book introduces new concepts to children that will spark their interest in the environment.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
We Planted a Tree is a sweet story that is told through a gentle, lulling poem.  Diane Muldrow manages to explain the benefits of trees without lecturing and in a way that is a delight to read out loud.  And in a way that an active four-year-old boy can understand and enjoy. Bob Staake illustrated this lovely poem-story, so that should automatically translate as the artwork in the is book is brilliant.  If you are not familiar with Mr. Staake's work, it is brilliant; both as in colorful-brilliant and in clever-brilliant, and infused with a healthy dose of humor.
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I purchased this book for use on my iPad and AFTER payment it said it was "not compatible on this device" Feels like I've been tricked. Terrible.