Happy Birthday, Tree!

A Tu B'Shevat Story


Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish holiday known as “New Year for Trees” or “Birthday of the Trees,” a day that celebrates trees and taking care of our environment. In this story, which takes place on Tu B’Shevat, a little girl named Joni presents her favorite climbing tree with a special birthday gift.

  • 24 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807531518
  • September 2012

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  • This story is a great introduction to Earth Day or any environmental study.

    - Library Media Connection

  • Rosenberg’s succinct text conveys the basic concepts of this holiday for young readers. Christy’s soft-focus art features earth tones and spring colors, while the endpapers depict a large tree whose branches remind readers of ways to help the earth.

    - Booklist Online

  • Demure characters colored in the hues of pale spring create a peaceful atmosphere for this environmentally conscious holiday, which encourages a respect for the Earth’s natural offerings…Ingenuous and sweet.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Vibrant colors and delightful storytelling bring the holiday, and its universal message to life.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Their ideas for gifts are realistic, their love for nature is palpable, and they make fine role models for readers. An excellent choice for caregivers to read before holding a tree celebration of any kind with children.

    - School Library Journal

Awards & Accolades

  • Best Children's Books of the Year 2013, Bank Street College


    Common Core



    • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
    • ATOS Level: 3.20