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January 2014 Children's Story Time

Blooms & Branches

Reading new books and old favorites on January 5 and 19

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.

The Apple Pie Tree. Hall, Zoe. New York: Blue Sky Press, 1996.
Pies growing on trees? Not quite, but this simple and surprisingly engaging tale will satisfy your hunger for a good story. From bare branch, to leaf, to bloom, to apple, we watch the apple tree change throughout the seasons and learn about the flower to fruit cycle. (Pre-readers)
(j) SB363 .H149 1996

Cherry Tree. Bond, Ruskin. Honesdale, Pa: Caroline House, 1996.
In this story from India about life and growing older, a little girl plants a cherry seed and cares for the cherry tree through its difficult life. (Early readers)
(j) SB366 .B64 1996

Grandfather Cherry Blossom. Pak, Soyung. New York: Viking, 1999.
This is a version of a Japanese folk fable illustrating greed and unselfishness in the natures of two neighbors. A tree motif recurs throughout the story. (Early readers)
(j) SB366 .M127 1993

Have You Seen Trees? Oppenheim, Joanne. New York: Scholastic, 1995.
A collection of poems which invite readers and listeners to experience the world of trees throughout the seasons. (Early readers)
(j)QK475 .Op5 1995

The Old Man Who Made Trees Bloom. Jijii, Hanasaka. Union City, Calif.: Heian, 1985.
This Japanese folk fable illustrates greed and unselfishness in the natures of two neighbors. A tree motif recurs throughout the story. (Early readers)
(j) SB366 .J562 1985

Sunflowers, Magnolia Trees & Other Flowering Plants. Parker, Steve. Minneapolis: Compass Point, 2009.
This book introduces you to a well known group of plants, from bright sunflowers to beautiful magnolia trees. It explores the history of flowering plants and examines the way flowering plants reproduce and obtain energy. (Advanced readers)

Peach Blossom Spring. Bordewich, Fergus M. New York: Green Tiger Press, 1994.
In this retelling of a traditional Chinese tale, a grove of blossoming peach trees leads a fisherman to an earthly paradise. (Early readers)
(j) SB371 .B645 1994

Tree Flowers. Selsam, Millicent Ellis. New York; W. Morrow, 1984.
Text and drawings follow the growth cycle of twelve common flowering trees: pussywillow, white oak, sugar maple, elm, apple, horse chestnut, flowering dogwood, magnolia, witch hazel, black walnut, black locust, and tulip tree. (Advanced readers)
(j) QK653 .Se496 1984

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