Happy Birthday, Tree!

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Madelyn Rosenberg
Jana Christy


Happy Birthday, Tree!

A Tu B'Shevat Story




Madelyn Rosenberg

Jana Christy

Published 2012

Age Levels: 4-7, Grades: Preschool-2
Pages: 24
8.00" x 10.00"
Illustrations: Full color

Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.50
ATOS Level: 3.20

Plot Summary

Tu B'Shevat is the 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.



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"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

"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 Review)

Associated Keywords
trees, Tu B'Shevat, birthday, birthdays, tree, Jewish, children's book, picture book, Jewish Holiday, Jewish Arbor Day, Arbor Day, Judaica, PJ Library, environment, green, environmental, Earth Day, gift idea, happy birthday, faith, kids, family