The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever

(2013)

 

Kate was a little girl growing up in northern California in the mid-1800’s. She loved to get her hands dirty and study science - even though girls weren’t supposed to do either at this time. When she graduated from college, Kate moved to San Diego and became a teacher. Surprised by the desert terrain, Kate carefully researched plants and trees that grow in arid climates. Eventually, she transformed the landscape of San Diego into a lush garden oasis.

In this non-fiction picture book, the illustrations fully support the text allowing viewers to see the contrast between the forests of northern California to the desert terrain of San Diego. Tiny details like muddy handprints, leaves with labels of their scientific names and images plant cells from a microscope give readers a sense of how Kate researched and observed the world. Recommended for elementary students in Grades 1 through 3.

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