October - My Favorite Tree by Diane Iverson

Post date: Nov 2, 2009 4:34:23 PM

Dear Students and Teachers,

This month’s Book of the Month, My Favorite Tree, by Diane Iverson, is a great deal different from the frolicking, fun book of school poems we read in September. Hopefully, you will notice that this month’s book is more of a Science related book. It introduces the reader to twenty-seven different types of trees native to the United States, Canada and Mexico. Each tree is described by a child who tells us why that particular tree is his or her favorite. There is also great information about how the tree was used by the native people who lived in that region as well as many interesting facts about the tree itself.

As all of our Lily B. Science experts surely know, trees are so very important to all of us in our world. The atmosphere could not survive without the oxygen they provide, and many children would be so sad to not be able to explore and climb among their limbs! Actually, we have some really beautiful trees right here on our special campus. I noticed some of them just yesterday as I was coming in to school. As we are thinking about the contributions trees make to our lives, I am sure you will find this book to be a memorable one.

I find it very interesting that our author, Diane Iverson, is a grandmother! Can you imagine? Even though she has grandchildren, she still enjoys splashing in puddles and climbing trees. She lives with her husband in Prescott, Arizona, and they love to go camping. It certainly makes sense that a lady who enjoys camping and the great outdoors would want to write a book about different kinds of trees!

I have a challenge for you! I’d like you to think about a time when a tree was somehow important to you in your world. Maybe you have a special tree you like to play around (or in) in your back yard. Or maybe, your home is made of wood. Is there some special wooden furniture in your home? Perhaps you went on an awesome vacation where there were lots of beautiful trees. Please use this information to write a beautiful response to this book. I really do love to read what you are writing about the books we are reading together as a school. I’d love to read some awesome responses during the announcement time in the morning. I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

Happy reading!

Mrs. Hollinger