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Thank You, Trees!

March 12, 2013

ImageThank You, Trees! celebrates Tu B’Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, by teaching young children to love and appreciate the environment.  Its fun, easy-to-read rhyme scheme and lively illustrations are sure to captivate any young child.  Gail Karwoski, who has been named Georgia Author of the Year in Juvenile Literature three times, has partnered with educator Marilyn E. Gootman and illustrator Kristen Balouch to create this charming book.

“This charming celebration of Tu B’Shevat marries Jewish tradition with contemporary environmentalism in a celebration of trees, reflecting the way the winter holiday is celebrated today in much of Israel . . . Even the youngest will glean new appreciation for and respect of the environment.” – The New York Times

“Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish Arbor Day, and families can celebrate its message with this charming and colorful board book for youngest readers … The lines and shapes she uses are expressive and energetic, and her illustrations are packed with birds and other outdoor critters, as well as a multicultural complement of children. The simple lesson will stick, and trees can be thanked almost all year round.” – Publishers Weekly

“An ode to trees and fruit in celebration of Tu B’Shevat… it is refreshing to see a diverse group of children and adults engaged in the festivities. There are playful bits of humor in the art, evident in one scene in which a young boy pops out of a hole where a tree is about to be planted.  While commemorating only a minor holiday, this book is a gentle introduction for the youngest observers.” – Kirkus Review

Thank You, Trees! is available now from Barnes &, and your local indie bookstore.

-Kaitlyn O’Brien

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