Dear Tree

Doba Riv­ka Weber; Phyl­lis Saroff, illus.
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By – October 10, 2011
Dear Tree is a beau­ti­ful and poet­ic ren­der­ing of the wish­es of a lit­tle boy (clear­ly an obser­vant Jew by his cloth­ing) for his neigh­bor­hood crabap­ple tree at Tu B’Shvat. He wants the tree to have a year filled with sun­light, rain, chirp­ing birds, buzzing bees, beau­ti­ful blos­soms, shin­ing leaves, and sweet fruit with seeds that grow into lit­tle trees. He says he will pro­tect and guard the tree because he knows that trees around the world do so much good for the earth and peo­ple like him. There is an excel­lent expla­na­tion of Tu B’Shvat on the back page. An illus­tra­tion is on every page and some­times spread­ing to two pages, all vibrant paint­ings that are very effec­tive. They are large and use a vari­ety of per­spec­tives and include the nat­ur­al changes of the tree thor­ough the sea­sons. A love­ly book for the Tu B’Shvat hol­i­day to share with preschool chil­dren of any denom­i­na­tion. Pre-school.
Bar­bara Sil­ver­man had an M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s Uni­ver­si­ty. She worked as a children’s librar­i­an at the Cor­pus Christi Pub­lic Libraries and at the Cor­pus Christi ISD before retir­ing. She worked as a vol­un­teer at the Astor Juda­ic Library of the Lawrence Fam­i­ly JCC in La Jol­la, CA. Sad­ly, Bar­bara passed away is 2012.

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