Hello, Beech Tree!

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Pub Date Jun 25 2024 | Archive Date Jul 01 2024
Teacher Created Materials | Free Spirit Publishing

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Description

Based on real events, this charming story features a kindergarten class in Brooklyn who pays homage to their beloved lost beech tree and takes action to plant a new one.

When a kindergarten class in Brooklyn discovers that their beloved beech has been cut down, they honor the tree by writing stories and poems, creating art, and placing a plaque at the former tree's site. But they still miss their tree and want to do more. With the support of their teachers and community, they plant a new tree to love.

Rasha Hamid, author of How to Bird, returns with a new story that taps into the power of nature to connect and inspire children wherever they live. Incorporating creative expression, collaboration, and environmental conservation, Hello, Beech Tree! is a lyrical story that highlights student-directed community action.

A section at the back of the book includes discussion questions, tips for taking action in readers' own communities, and information about environmental justice and conservation.

Based on real events, this charming story features a kindergarten class in Brooklyn who pays homage to their beloved lost beech tree and takes action to plant a new one.

When a kindergarten class in...


A Note From the Publisher

This book is the true story of a real tree in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, New York. If you’re ever in Brooklyn, you can visit the new beech tree near the park entrance at the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Washington Park. And if you like, you can say, “Hello, beech tree! Nice to meet you!”

This book is the true story of a real tree in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, New York. If you’re ever in Brooklyn, you can visit the new beech tree near the park entrance at the corner of DeKalb...


Advance Praise

Hello, Beech Tree! is the heartwarming story of how a community’s love for their beech tree brings them together in collective activism. Come along with the Beech Class to witness the magic of what happens when young people unite in a fight to keep their community spaces beautiful, green, and joyful!”—Sagda Khalil, cofounder of indigenius teaching and learning 

Hello, Beech Tree! is a big-hearted inspiration. A gentle, richly illustrated story that expresses to kids how the bonds we form with the natural world can deepen our notion of community and empower us to change things for the better. Any classroom or library will benefit from having a copy on their shelves.”—Brian Muldoon, Brooklyn Public Library Children’s Librarian  

Hello, Beech Tree! is an inspiring story about a group of schoolchildren who cope with the death of a loved one, in this case a cherished ancient beech tree in their city park. Author Rasha Hamid skillfully illuminates the benefits of trees as habitats for animals and providers of beauty, wonder, fresh air, cool shade, and imaginative play. She also helps readers grasp the tree’s life cycle through the seasons and the reality that trees, like all living things, age and die. Faced with a profound loss, the children turn to ‘the helpers’ for guidance. The park ranger, city officials, and their classroom teachers all offer information and helping hands. Thus empowered, the children find personal and civic ways to honor their friend, process their grief, and take action for good. The illustrations by Sofia Moore are lively and colorful, capturing the narrative arc, the natural setting, and emotional expressions of the characters beautifully. Back matter helpfully expands on the issue of lack of green space in urban areas and ways readers can make a difference. Masterful!”—Lizzy Rockwell, author and illustrator of Plants Feed Me, The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness, and It Is Time: The Life of a Caterpillar 

Hello, Beech Tree! is the heartwarming story of how a community’s love for their beech tree brings them together in collective activism. Come along with the Beech Class to witness the magic of what...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9798885540377
PRICE $18.99 (USD)
PAGES 36

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