Sunday, October 03, 2010


A Tree Is Nice, Janice May Udry, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1956, 28 pp

Last Sunday, I began to post my review of this surprisingly special book, but was foiled by Blogger when it came to uploading an image of the cover. The next day I came down with a deadly virus from which I have just recovered sufficiently a week later so I can sit at my computer with some brain cells available. Still I have the *#@** image upload problem. It has a lovely cover and if you click on the title and are lucky it may take you to an image of the cover, but I don't have high hopes. Blogger is great because it is free, but you know what they say about that. I am not wild about the HELP capabilities.

 Anyway I will no longer be denied. A Tree Is Nice is the perfect follow up to my Redwoods trip. (The flu was not.) I have always had a deep reverence for trees. I might never have made it through The Lord of the Rings trilogy if it hadn't been for the trees. I certainly would not have made it through life.

 Janice May Udry's picture book won the Caldecott Medal in 1957 for the illustrations by Marc Simont. That is a good thing because otherwise I might never have read it. Her title fairly well sums up the truth about trees.

 After providing dozens of reasons why a tree is nice, the book ends with how to plant a tree and some encouraging words about the fun of watching it grow "every day for years and YEARS...You say to people, 'I planted a tree.' They wish they had one so they go home and plant a tree too."

(A Tree Is Nice is available on the picture books shelves at Once Upon A Time Bookstore.)

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