From seed of hope to forest of happiness, this ode to trees invites readers to discover life's true gifts—peace, courage, gratitude, compassion, love, tolerance ... Ten trees celebrate the developmental assets that children need in order to thrive as happy, productive human beings. The lush paintings and lyrical tree bios are accompanied by an index of state trees and a pledge to care for and sit beside our precious forest friends.
Andrea gives an overview of the book:
Everything good begins with me,
the acorn told its mother tree,
and drifted on the dancing breeze,
to find a cloak of golden leaves.
Since the age of seven, I've adopted a small or tall tree wherever I traveled. There was the pine sapling that eventually towered over the roofline of our summer home at Lake Tahoe. A flowering cherry tree in the front yard on Stratford Drive burst with tart little stonefruit each April. I shimmied up its smooth trunk and ate until my stomach groaned. Best of all, was the Pom-pom tree in the backyard near the koi pond which showered me with a confetti cloud of white petals as I lay on the lawn scanning the sky through its wizened branches. But my father hated the impossible to rake mess and he'd shoo me inside so he could vacuum the grass with Mom's Hoover upright. I vowed to write a thank you poem to my tree friends all those years ago and that celebration is THE HAPPINESS TREE.
Andrea Alban (a.k.a. Gosline) is the author of inspirational parenting books and children's picture books and novels. She is a native San Franciscan raised in a neighborhood teeming with big backyards and adventurous children. She cultivated her appreciation of nature during...
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