Title: Arbor Day Square
Author: Kathryn O. Galbraith
Illustrator: Cyd Moore
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Concepts: natural resources, migration
Review: The prairie town Katie had just moved to seemed to be growing by the week, with new stores, a schoolhouse, and trainloads of settlers eager for land. Conspicuously absent, though, were the trees. So the townspeople took up a collection and used the telegraph to order fifteen trees. The arrival of the saplings on the train generated much excitement, as did the settlers’ cooperative efforts to plant them. The people wound up celebrating Arbor Day every year as a special day devoted to the planting of new trees that would provide not only building materials and fuel, but also sources of shade and beauty.
Every state and numerous countries now celebrate Arbor Day in a continued effort to replenish the earth’s natural resources and protect the environment. While many readers may have heard of Arbor Day and understand that it has to do with planting trees, few are likely to know of the origins of this international holiday. With its pleasant story and engaging illustrations, Arbor Day Square will help young readers to gain a deeper appreciation for this occasion.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children