Today, April 25th is Arbor Day and I’m here to talk about trees.
I love trees. We have a lot of trees on our 7 Acre Wood. All kinds of trees. Trees full of birds and squirrels and good smells. Trees that sing when the winds come blowing up the river valley. Old trees that have seen lots of history. Young trees that are just coming into their own. They all have stories to tell.
We’ve been in a big drought the last few years and have lost quite a few of our lovely trees. It’s a very sad thing when a tree dies. It’s like losing a good friend.
We have a book that tells just such a story —
Someday a Tree
by Eve Bunting
illustrated by Ronald Himler
published by Clarion Books in 1993
Theme – trees, the environment, pollution, dealing with loss
a fiction book suitable for age 5 and up
It begins –
Every afternoon, when the weather’s nice, Mom and I and our sheepdog, Cinco, walk across Far Meadow and sit under our oak tree. Dad says the tree may have been here when Columbus came to America.
This is the story of a tree. And the family that loves and honors the tree. They spend happy hours under its branches – picnicking, reading, napping, telling stories. Sometimes other people stop and share the shade of this big, friendly tree.
One day the young girl notices that the grass under the tree is turning yellow and smells funny. A tree doctor comes to look at the tree and after doing tests on the soil and the leaves, tells the family that the tree has been poisoned. Someone has dumped chemicals underneath it. Word of this disaster gets around the small town and everyone comes and volunteers with help to try and save the tree. They dig out the poisoned dirt around the trunk and put in new soil. The fire department comes out and sprays water on the leaves. Some folks come wrap sacking around the leaves to protect them from the sun. People leave get well cards and heart balloons.
The family watches as the tree slowly dies. It is heartbreaking. But in the middle of one night, the young girl remembers the acorns that she collected before the tree got sick. The next day, she and Cinco go out and plant those acorns and a wish and hope that new trees will grow – Someday.
There is a famous tree in Austin, Texas called the Treaty Oak that is estimated to be over 500 years old. The story in the book is identical to the story of our Treaty Oak. In 1989, the tree was deliberately poisoned with a powerful herbicide. It made national news and all kinds of help came pouring in to save the tree. It did survive and is a monument to the strength that can be found in an oak tree. You can find out more about this remarkable tree HERE.
HERE is an interview with Ms Bunting from Reading Rockets.
To celebrate Arbor Day — go out and plant a tree!!
Or at least find one to sit under and admire – draw it, study it – what kind of critters do you see in its branches and in its trunk? Have a picnic. Climb in its branches. Maybe make some MUSIC! Enjoy!!
Happy Arbor Day!
Your friend napping UNDER the tree
I love trees, too! Even wrote a book that features a majestic oak 🙂 And that “Music from a Tree”! How creative!
Don’t remember reading SOMEDAY A TREE, but ordered it from the library just now 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful reminder about Arbor Day and celebrating TREES!!!! 😀
Trees are really quite special and nice to have in ones habitat. What book did you write about a tree? I hope you have had a good celebration of Arbor Day!
It’s a book I’m submitting so don’t want to give details, but the tree plays a very big role 😀
Well, I’ll be looking forward to it!!
Thank you!!! BUT—IF it gets published, it’ll be a loooooooong time coming. The name of the game! : /
I really loved your Arbor Day post about the story of Treaty Oak being poisoned as is the tree in the children’s book. Was a major treaty signed under that tree hundreds of years ago with Native Americans. I know we had a big tree like in Ohio where a treaty was signed to end wars in the early 1800s, but I think the tree finally died. And, I enjoyed the cool video.
Thanks Ms Tilton! That Treaty Oak has lots of history under its branches. The Treaty Oak was the last of 14 Council trees that made up a sacred meeting place for Comanches and Tonkawas. It is incredible that it has survived!
Wow, that’s an amazing tree! I love trees too and little bridges in woodland. What a perfect place. The book sounds lovely too. Have a great weekend!
That Treaty Oak is one amazing tree indeed!! And the 7 Acre Wood where I live is an amazing place. I like it here!
That is a sad story, with the happy ending of the acorns. Once I tried to eat an acorn. Mom said the word, “Leave it.” so it flew out of my mouth.
Love and licks,
I hear that “Leave it!” alot as well. But now the Mom Person is so busy with her hand in that pups mouth that she forgets what I might be doing. Ah me.
I don’t get tree-poisoners. Where do they get off? They’d better be careful or they might one day find an army of Ents bearing down on their treeless vistas.
I wish we had some Ents living in our forest.
Maybe you do 😉
hmmmmm. maybe. something to think about. I wonder what they smell like.
Bruce, I just wanted to thank you for following my soon-to-be blog 🙂 I’m hoping to focus on them soon so I can officially launch 🙂 I appreciate it!
You’re welcome! Your sunny profile pic caught my eye and I couldn’t resist 🙂
OOooooo, Ents…GREAT idea 😀
this looks like a great book for kids… we definitely need more trees. I try to nurture the maple and oak seedlings, but the deer eat them!
It is a good book. Kind of sad, but it has some good lessons to be learned. We get a few deer sometimes that eat our baby trees as well, but there seems to be plenty of them to go around.
Great book choice! Great video! 😀 Happy Arbor Day! 😀
what lovely trees you found 🙂
Trees are fantastic! I love them, nature is wonderful and needs to be protected. I really liked the Ents in lord of then Rings as well.
Trees are GREAT! I really loved your Arbor Day post about the story of Treaty Oak being poisoned as is the tree in the children’s book. I enjoyed the cool video. Ents rock too.
Picked the book up from the library today 😀 Can’t wait to read it!