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Love A Tree

May 16, 2013

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!

The Man Behind the Name on the Beer

September 27, 2012

Sam Adams coming right up! I’m not talking about the beer brewed in Boston. I’m talking about the man brewed in Boston.

Today is Samuel Adams’ two hundred ninetieth birthday. Here are some fast facts about the man of the day.

  • Born in Boston, MA
  • Went to Boston Latin School
  • Graduated from Harvard College – now Harvard University
  • Second cousin to John Adams — the Second President of the United States
  • One of America’s Founding Fathers
  • Political Activist
  • Organized the Boston Tea Party
  • Delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1774
  • Signed the Declaration of Independence
  • Signed the Articles of Confederation
  • Governor of Massachusetts
  • Buried in Granary Burying Ground in Boston

Although inept in his business ventures, including the brewery he inherited from his father (How ironic!), Sam Adams was a man among men when it came to politics and action. He spoke out against the harsh laws imposed upon the colonists by England and was on King George’s “most wanted” list. As his gravestone says, Samuel Adams was “… A Leader of Men and an Ardent Patriot.”

Before your children assume Sam Adams is just a beer, introduce them to the real Sam Adams in the very informative biography, Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? It’s written by Jean Fritz, a master of historical biographies, and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Another excellent picture book biography is A Picture Book of Samuel Adams written by David A. Adler/Michael S. Adler and illustrated by Ronald Himler.

Then raise your glass – preferably a glass of Sam Adams beer – and give three cheers for Samuel Adams on his birthday!

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!


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