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February 2014 Children's Story Time

Tons of Trees

Reading new books and old favorites on February 2 and 16

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, a bevy of stuffed animals and lively readers. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led children's tour of the Garden. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This event is suitable for children aged 4-8. Held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30am, Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. The tour leaves the Library at 11am. The Library also has an excellent collection of books for children on plants, natural history, general science and nature-related myths and stories.

City Leaves, City Trees. Gallob, Edward. New York: Scribner, 1972.
Brief text, photographs, and photograms introduce the characteristics of the leaves, flowers, and fruit of such commonly found city trees as the magnolia, basswood, beech, and cherry. (Advanced readers)
(j) QK649 .G137 1972

First Palm Trees: An Anancy Spiderman Story. Berry, James. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
The West Indian trickster Anancy Spiderman tries to persuade Sun-Spirit, Water-Spirit, Earth-Spirit, and Air-Spirit to create the world's first palm trees so that he can collect a reward from the king. (Advanced readers)
(j) QK495.P17 B459 1997

The Giving Tree. Silverstein, Shel. New York: HarperCollins, 1964.
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. (Early readers)
(j) QK475 .Si39 1964
(j) QK475 .Si39s 1997 (Spanish version)

In the Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree. Bash, Barbara. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books for Children, 1996.
Describes the importance of a banyan tree to an Indian village. A place for laughing and bartering, conversing and resting, romping and chasing, the banyan is not only in the heart of the village, it is the heart of the village. (Early readers)
(j) QK495.M73 B291 1996

My Favorite Tree; Terrific Tress of North America. Iverson, Diane. Nevada City, Calif.; Dawn Publications, 1999.
Examines the traits and uses of twenty-six North American trees, from the ash to the yew, and describes notable or historic specimens. (Advanced readers)
(j) QK481 .Iv3 1999

One, Two, Tree. Ravishankar, Anushka. New Delhi: Tara Pub., 2003.
This visually stunning read-aloud book invites young children to count the improbable number of animals that clamber up an ever expanding tree. Illustrated with art from the Gond tribal tradition of central India. (Early readers)
(j) QK475 .R38 2003

Ten Tall Oak Trees. Edwards, Richard. New York: Tambourine Books, 1993.
Over a period of time, a stand of ten oak trees is cut down one by one, until there are none. (Early readers)
(j) QK495.F141 Q7 A1 Ed98 1993

A Tree for Me. Van Laan, Nancy. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.
A child climbs five different trees, looking for a place to hide and finding an increasing number of animals already in residence, until finally the perfect tree is found. (Early Readers)
(j) QK475 .V322 2000

Whistling Thorn. Cowcher, Helen. New York: Scholastic, 1993.
A look at evolution on the African savannah describes how the acacia bush, in danger of having its leaves ravaged by animals, began to produce thorns that protect it and create a beautiful sound when the wind blows. (Early Readers)
(j) QK495.L521 A25, A31, C838, 1993

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