Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We Planted a Tree

We Planted a Tree
by Diane Muldrow; illustrated by Bob Staake
Golden Books, 2010. Unpaged. Picture book.

This is a story about two families who live in very different parts of the world planting trees and how their lives are affected and bettered by these trees as they grow. The trees provide shade, fruit, fresh air,richer soil, and all kinds of wonderful benefits. "We planted a tree, and that one tree made the world better."

I really enjoyed the simple text about how much enjoyment and use something as ordinary as a tree can provide. We see them every day but often don't appreciate them for all their amazing benefits. I also loved the bright, simple, engaging illustrations--they tied in perfectly with the text, keeping it fresh and from being too heavy. Altogether, a wonderful reminder to enjoy the wonders of the earth and to appreciate their many uses!

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