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arbordaysquareArbor Day Square by Kathryn O. Galbraith Illustrated by Cyd Moore

Published by Peachtree Publishers

Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8

Publishers Summary: Katie and her papa are among a group of settlers building a town in the middle of the dusty, brown prairie. Every week the trains bring more people and more lumber to build houses, fences, and barns. New buildings are erected: a church with a steeple, a store with glass windows, even a schoolhouse with desks for seventeen children.

But one thing is missing: trees.

When the townspeople take up a collection to order trees from back east Katie adds her own pennies and Papa’s silver dollar. When the tiny saplings finally arrive, Katie helps dig holes and fetch water. Then, in a quiet corner off the public square, Katie and Papa plant a flowering dogwood in memory of Mama.


“In honor of Arbor Day and courtesy of Peachtree Publishers I thought what better way to celebrate than to review and giveaway a book all about this special day. Arbor Day was initially founded in 1872 and is currently celebrated all over the world with it’s intent being to plant and care for trees everywhere. As our world continues to grow and expand industrially there is more of a need for this than ever, which is another reason we also celebrate Earth Day earlier in this month. Although, in Arbor Day Square they have an entirely different reason for planting and caring for trees…

“In Arbor Day Square Katie and her ‘Papa’ have recently moved to a booming new town in the West. It’s definitely the ‘wild wild west’ I remember from my youth while watching old westerns with my dad. There is practically nothing and any supplies they need are brought in by train from the East. Can you even imagine? To have a beautiful clean slate to work with…and that’s exactly how Katie’s dad see’s it, a beautiful canvas to bring to life.

“Over time the town is able to pool their resources to fund the beginnings of a beautiful town square and start a tradition that carries on for years to come. The beginnings of their town’s very own Arbor Day. And by so doing they transform their new home into a beautiful place to enjoy and relax in.

“A beautiful book. In fact, that was about all my sweet Littlebug and Turkeybird were interested in now, the illustrations. I think they may be a little young too understand all of the words, but as I explained to them in ways they could understand you could see their faces light up.  Arbor Day Square is a wonderful book, full of beautiful art and the perfect story. I’m truly looking forward to continuing to share this with my little one’s as they grow older to help them understand the meaning behind this very important holiday.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 and up. Parents and children alike will love this book. Though with younger children they may need a little explaining, it’s never to young to start teaching a child about taking care of the earth.

For the Comments: Do you celebrate Arbor Day or Earth Day? How?

Peachtree Publishers has graciously offered a copy of Arbor Day Square to one of our lucky readers. The giveaway is open until May 15th, 2010 and to US/Canadian residents only. Please make sure to fill out the form below to enter.

Also, illustrated by Cyd Moore and a favorite in our home, I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt:

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12 Responses to Arbor Day Square by Kathryn O. Galbraith Illustrated by Cyd Moore Review and Giveaway

  1. I would love these books


  2. NotNessie says:

    I love the illustrations!

  3. TRACY HEYER says:

    We plant some flower’s and a tree.

  4. First of all, this site is ADORABLE!!!! I love the artwork and illustrations!!!

    This book looks wonderful. For Earth Day and / or Arbor Day, I take my children to the park. We also plant seeds for our garden!
    .-= Mary Elizabeth´s last blog ..Literacy Tip #2 – Repetition, Repetition, Repetition! =-.

  5. Eric says:

    I have never celebrated Arbor Day, however, we do celebrate Earth Day. This year we went to the zoo and participated in their festivities.
    .-= Eric´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Pete Seeger – May 3 =-.

  6. Honestly, this year we didn’t celebrate anything because we plumb forgot until we heard the radio announcements. But usually we do. Last year, we celebrated both by planting two apple trees =)

    P.S. I’m a subscriber through Google Reader – I think my e-mail address there is or something like that. I only use the gmail account to read blogs!
    .-= Sarah @´s last blog ..Announcing… =-.

    • I know how that goes! Life can sometimes get in the way of the “not-so-significant” holidays, but I’m sure that the rest of the year you more than make up for it. Besides…TWO apple trees! That’s great!

      Thanks so much for subscribing and reading, really appreciate it!

  7. We usually celebrate Earth Day itself by doing an “Earth-related” craft. We’re fortunate enough to live VERY close (like walking distance) to our zoo which always has a big Earth Day celebration on the Sunday right before Earth Day, so we go there as well.
    .-= Julie (Knitting and Sundreis)´s last blog ..May 3, 2010 Monday Giveaway Roundup =-.

  8. Thank you for the contest! This one looks great!
    .-= Carrie at In the Hammock Blog´s last blog .."Stay a Little Longer" =-.

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