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What a wonderful story of love and achieving something you want. The Beech tree in Brooklyn where children played is suddenly cut down. The children then go on to raise the money to plant a new tree. The illustrations are very well done and go with the story. This is a true story and the book includes info on New York as well.

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What a beautiful book, I loved the message and themes of rebirth. I was surprised how emotional I was when the tree was cut down, I really felt for the children who lost their safe place and cheered for them as they worked to re-create a new space for everyone. The artwork also flowed really nicely with the story, I felt the colors used really embraced the emotional aspect of the storyline.

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The students at a school in Brooklyn like to spend time in the park near their school and are particularly fond of a mature Beech tree, greeting it throughout the seasons. One day the tree is gone and only a stump remains. The children go to the park ranger to find out what has happened to their tree and what they can do to plant a new tree. They enterprisingly raise the needed $600 and plant a new beech tree in their park. A delightful introduction to environmental justice.

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This inspiring story about the connection between children and nature will leave students exploring their own connections, while also modeling ways to make a beautiful difference in their world.

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First of all, I adore the illustrative style. It really brings the book to life.

This is a great story about environmental justice: the idea that everyone deserves to live in a clean, safe place with ample green space. In this particular story, I loved that it was the children who had the agency to buy and replant a tree to honor one that was cut down. The grown-ups are there helping, but take a backseat, as the kids are at the forefront of the story. Which is how it should be in KidLit!

As a former kid who felt very deeply for the earth and trees, I know I would've loved this story.

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I liked the sentiment behind this one. I also enjoyed the illustrations. It’s a good book for elementary school children.

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This is one of the sweetest, most moving picture books I've read to my daughter in some time.

It's not only a lovely story about our connection to nature but also a moving tale about how we can turn loss into something powerful and beautiful. I especially love the power that came from the teacher's thoughtfulness and ability to turn everything into a teachable moment. As a former NYC teacher myself, I'm grateful to see this beauty memorialized in a children's book!

I can't wait to add this to our bookshelf.

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Thank you Netgalley and publishers for providing me with an e copy of this book for an honest review. Hello, Beech Tree is a sad yet very heartwarming true story about some children who fell in love with a tree and having to learn about the facts of nature. I really enjoyed the illustrations and the changing of the seasons. I especially liked at the end the author included "some questions to think about" and info about New York as well.

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Loved the focus on environmental justice as simple actions even children can take. The artwork definitely captures the energy of the story being told, and I appreciated how diverse the Beech Class was.

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Based on a true story, a kindergarten class bonds over the love and loss of a tree in the local park. Readers follow the class’ activities around the tree and then the realization that it is gone. I thought this book truly captured the range of emotions the children would feel. It then took it one step further and demonstrated how to champion for something you love. In the back of the book, there is even a list of ways to encourage children to speak up for what they believe in.

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Hello Beech Tree! is a 36 page children's book based on true story about a tree in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, New York.

I love how the children came together with a goal and took action.

I love trees and beech trees are incredibly beautiful. I was a little disappointed that the story didn't point out some attributes of beech trees, such as the bark of the tree being incredibly smooth and grey or that they hold their leaves through the winter and don't release them until new leaves are ready to emerge.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Teacher Created Materials for approving my request to read the advance read copy of Hello Beech Tree! in exchange for an honest review. Publication date is June 25, 2024.

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An inspirational picture book not just with messages of kindness, generosity, community, friendship, and environmental education and awareness, but all based on a true story! I would love to add this one to my classroom library, and to visit both the beech tree and the Beech Class in person one day!

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This love story to a beech tree is a look at children's relationships with the natural world. Classrooms of kindergartners have had the joys of playing under the local park's giant beech tree only to find it reduced to a stump one day. The lesson that not all things live forever is a hard one to explore, but this book looks at the event in a child-friendly way. The children take their loss and use it to create a plan to replace the tree with a sapling. The fundraising event is a success and a new tree is planted. Even though the old beech is gone, the children enjoy playing on the stump in the shade of the new tree.

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I love this fun, whimsical book with a deep, poignant message.
The writing is beautiful, but clear enough for a 4-6 year old to understand. I love that it’s based on a true story and the message of connecting children to nature.
The drawings are perfect - bright and captivating. Thank you for this book!

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As an elementary school teacher, I loved this book. It would be a great Earth Day read for the younger grades. It is a quick read so their attention won't be disrupted and it has a great lesson behind it. Also, the illustrations are beautiful.

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The book was beautifully written. The author made careful word choices that were very impactful. The illustrations were simple, yet very intricate but not overstimulating. Overall, the book was well written and I did really enjoy it.

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just read Hello, Beech Tree! by Rasha Hamid. #HelloBeechTree #NetGalley thanks to NetGalley!

This was a great story that will be perfect for my class! I loved the colorful illustrations, and multi-cultural names / characters. The students enjoying nature and working hard to make their park beautiful is something that we can all do!

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A sweet book about kids connecting with a tree, missing a tree, and problem solving to plant a new tree. I wish there was a little more why that particular tree was so important or what makes a beech tree unique compared to other types of tree, but it doesn't add those additional layers and just keeps the story on the surface. Nothing wrong with that, just pointing it out. I will probably check out a physical copy of the book from the library, an electronic copy doesn't quite do it justice. It very well could be a classroom favorite for younger kids, depending on size and binding. Especially if you can get them outside and under a tree when reading it.

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In this heartwarmIng story a kindergarten class discovers that their favorite tree has been cut down and must figure out a way to work together to honor their beloved tree while taking action to help their community. I really enjoyed this story of community, activism, and creating beautiful, green spaces for all to enjoy.

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I found it very hard to rate children's books so everything is a 5 star read for me!!
I really loved this book, the illustrations are so beautiful and captivating that I found myself smiling through every page I read.
The story itself is very beautiful and inspiring <3

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