Today is Earth Day, so it seemed like the perfect day to review this book. Earth Day celebrations began in 1970, but the earliest one I remember is 1974. I was in first grade, and, at my school, we planted a tree.
We Planted a Tree is a sweet story that is told through a gentle, lulling poem. Diane Muldrow manages to explain the benefits of trees without lecturing and in a way that is a delight to read out loud. And in a way that an active four-year-old boy can understand and enjoy.
Bob Staake illustrated this lovely poem-story, so that should automatically translate as the artwork in the is book is brilliant. If you are not familiar with Mr. Staake's work, it is brilliant; both as in colorful-brilliant and in clever-brilliant, and infused with a healthy dose of humor.
We Plant a Tree IS a perfect book for Earth Day, and for every day thereafter.