Love A Tree
Today is LOVE A TREE DAY! Every tree offers something magical – fragrant blossoms, cool shade, perfect climbing branches, colorful autumn leaves, oxygen, fruits, nuts, homes for animals, hiding places. I can’t imagine a landscape without a tree. Trees are a gift to us.
When I was in grade school, we had to memorize Joyce Kilmer’s poem, “Trees.” There were giggles and shades of embarrassment as the words, breast and bosom, stumbled out of our mouths. But the poem has stuck with me. I can still recite it, and I no longer get embarrassed when I do. Kilmer’s poem reads like a thank you prayer. The words in the last line —“But only God can make a tree”— are powerful words and food for thought.
Here are some tree books that offer some food for thought.
A Tree Is Nice written by Janice May Udry and illustrated by Marc Simont
This book is a Caldecott Award Winner. In simple text, Udry tells how a tree can bring enjoyment to all.
Someday a Tree written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ronald Himler
Careless dumping of toxic materials destroys a beloved tree, but a little girl discovers something she can do to make others hope for a new beginning.
The Giving Tree written and illustrated by Shel Silvertein
A relationship between a boy and tree demonstrates unconditional love.
The Grandad Tree written by Trish Cooke and illustrated by Sharon Wilson
An apple tree grows and changes through the seasons just like the children’s grandad changes through the season of his life. Watching nature, the children realize special memories will never die.
Give a tree a hug today!