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this week's library book

Library books! Oh, how we love them! Especially new ones we have never seen before, like this one.. A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry with illustrations by Marc Simont. Winner of the Caldecott Award in 1956.

The book alternates between black and white and color illustrations and explains all the reasons why trees are nice. They fill up the sky and make everything beautiful. You can have a picnic in their shade, or jump in the leaves when they fall.

"A tree is nice because it has a trunk and limbs. We can climb the tree and see over all the yards. We can sit on a limb and think about things. Or play pirate ship up in the tree."

I found this lovely quote from the author, which only makes me like her more. "Someone has said that not all readers are writers, but all writers are readers. I believe this is true. And a lot of reading in childhood often leads to a life time of writing. I love good books for children today as much as I did when I was a child. I probably appreciate them more now." I couldn't agree more.

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We love this book! We always make sure to read it on Arbor Day!

02.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Aww, I love that quote by the author. That's so true!!
And I definitely will be checking out a copy of that book! :)
Thank you for sharing!!

02.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLillian Chang

just love when you post these! great recommendation and i just love her sweet little hands and that tiny leaf.

02.3.2010 | Unregistered Commenterhomemade grits

I found this book at a book sale last summer, in beautiful condition. A truly great find!

02.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMallory

I just fell in love with all of Maira Kalman's books! They're a treat! Love the blog (as usual)!

02.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

I love it when you post about library books :o)

02.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

So sweet! We love the Giving Tree (although I ALWAYS get choked up reading it. Every Single Time.) I'm sure the girls would love this one, too.

Thanks for the tip!

02.4.2010 | Unregistered Commenterhayley l.

i LOVED this book as a kid! I think my school might have done its arbor day presentation to it when i was in kindergarten!
Thanks for sharing, i love old kids books!

02.4.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

we went yesterday and got it, thank you!

02.5.2010 | Unregistered Commenterelena

I love your library book selections. It's nothing like an oldie but goodie library selection.

02.5.2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Mills

I always love these posts, I think it's great you take your kids the library :)

02.6.2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Oh, I love Marc Simont! You have to find 'The Philharmonic Gets Dressed'.

02.6.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

we recently bought this one and it gives me such a wonderful nostalgic feeling. i love it even more than my kids.

02.6.2010 | Unregistered Commenterabby

Such a great book and what a lovely sweet comment from the author. I think it is so true.

02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Thank you for taking the time to blog about the library books you are introducing to your family. We find ourselves adding your selections to our list and are particularly enjoying this one.

02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Seeing this book that we enjoyed with our kids brings back so many sweet memories. Finding a gem of a children's book would always brighten my day. My father loved to buy my kids books and take them to the library. I hope they will always remember this about him since he is no longer with us.

02.8.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkgmama

one of our favorites too

02.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

This is a favorite book in our house!

02.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy T

My daughter and I read that book one summer. It was a favorite from a list of many. Glad you dicovered it!

02.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Monroe

A long time ago I was on ebay and saw a post for some illustrations from this book (it was just the pages ripped out). I bought all of them and fell in love. I haven't used them for anything but I'm glad I have them all the same.

02.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

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