We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

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We planted a tree and it grew up,

While it reached for the sky and the sun. . . .

In this simple poem illustrated by award winner Bob Staake, two young families in two very different parts of the world plant a tree. As the trees flourish, so do the families . . . while trees all over the world help clean the air, enrich the soil, and give fruit and shade.

With a nod to Kenya’s successful Green Belt Movement, Diane Muldrow’s elegant text celebrates the life and hope that every tree—from Paris to Brooklyn to Tokyo—brings to our planet. Perfect for young readers!

About Diane Muldrow

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Diane Muldrow, an editorial director at Golden Books, has written dozens of children's books, including Mama, Where Are You?, Mama, What's in There?,Who's Your Daddy?, and the Dish series for middle graders. She lives in Brooklyn. Bob Staake's The Red Lemon, was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. The Donut Chef has received great reviews and is featured on the popular blog BOING BOING. He lives on Cape Cod.
Published October 13, 2010 by Golden Books. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The stripped-down computer-generated pictures vie with the ecology-focused subject rather than extending it, and the pie-eyed, inane expressions of the humans depicted around the globe flirt visually with the stereotypical cultural caricatures common to the mid-century European advertising poster...

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As Staake shows families around the world planting trees and enjoying their gifts, Muldrow sets an incantatory mood: “We planted a tree./ We planted a tree and it grew up.” Each spread bubbles with retro-styled, wide-eyed exuberance;

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Common Sense Media

A quote on the frontispiece gives reference to Kenya's Green Belt Movement: "When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope."

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