Not to be mistaken as part of another set of holiday books by Latifa Berry Kropf from Kar-Ben that all begin with “It’s” (It’s Purim Time!), this is for even younger children. It is about a little boy and his family who plant a tree and think about the good things that trees provide, like shade, cleaner air, a home for birds, and a place to hang a swing. The simple rhyming text moves fluidly from one page to the next and the slightly stylized illustrations, in a soothing color palette, are serene. Most trees don’t grow as fast as the one in this story but the concept of yearly growth is conveyed nicely. For ages 3 – 5.
Linda R. Silver is a specialist in Jewish children’s literature. She is editor of the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Jewish Valuesfinder, www.ajljewishvalues.org, and author of Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens: A JPS Guide (The Jewish Publication Society, 2010) and The Jewish Values Finder: A Guide to Values in Jewish Children’s Literature (Neal-Schuman, 2008).