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|Arbor Day Square|
Author: Galbraith, Kathryn Osebold
In the mid-19th century, as Katie and her father help plant and tend trees in their frontier town, she doubts that the spindly saplings will ever grow big.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 136580
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.50
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 49521
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/10)
School Library Journal (04/01/10)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2010 K-Gr 3— A brand-new prairie town has no trees. "No trees for climbing./Or for shade./No trees for fruit or warm winter fires./No trees for birds. Or for beauty." A girl and her father are among the townsfolk who pass a collection basket and raise enough to order 15 trees from back East for the town square. When the train finally brings the saplings, they are set out and watered. "Someday, these oaks will shade the bench," Papa says. "And there, the elm tree will shelter the bandstand." In a quiet corner of the square, Katie and Papa plant a dogwood in memory of Mama. With their work done, they share their food with friends and dogs while a fiddler plays and the moon rises. These neighbors decide to do the same thing the following year and every year after. The passage of time is marked by trees growing tall and the town mellowing. Katie grows up, marries, and has a daughter who holds onto her grandpa's hand as they set out new saplings and have their picnic under a flowering dogwood. The final spread shows a modern town square shaded by mature trees that are enjoyed by grown-ups, children, and dogs. Galbraith's poetic text and Moore's soft watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations re-create those spring days on the prairie when planting trees was cause for celebration. The origin of Arbor Day, first observed in Nebraska in 1872, is explained in the author's note.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN - Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/15/2010 Katie, her papa, and their neighbors order 15 trees for their new town on the treeless prairie. When the spindly saplings arrive, Katie doubts that they will ever amount to much, but her father promises that the trees will grow. Adults and children gather to plant and water the new trees. An evening picnic caps off a day so special that the townsfolk decide to celebrate Arbor Day annually. Years later, Katie takes her own daughter to the celebration, and even today, community members plant new trees and picnic under those planted long ago. Nicely geared to a child’s perceptions and interests, the story unfolds in short phrases and sentences that read aloud well. Charming, naive illustrations in colored pencil and watercolor give this large-scale picture book great visual appeal. An appended note fills in the history of the holiday and references a related Web site. An attractive introduction to the celebration of Arbor Day. - Copyright 2010 Booklist.