Monday, February 03, 2014
Book recommendation: The Tree Lady
The Tree Lady is a brief biography of Kate Sessions, a female teacher in the 1800s who had an interest in science and nature, unusual for the time period. This describes her education, move to San Diego and her subsequent search for trees that would grow well in this region, along with her influence of the tree planting of Balboa Park in time for the World Fair in San Diego.
The writing is all appropriate for preschool or early elementary age students, and the illustrations are just beautiful. This is a 5 star read for us, and especially applicable as it relates to our home city.
We used this as part of social studies as we live in San Diego. My kids were very interested as we live near a park named for her, as well as visiting Balboa Park often and appreciating the trees there. This was also wonderful from a science biography for younger kids as well.