Hopkins, H. Joseph – The Tree Lady

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  • Age Range: 5 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 5
  • Lexile Measure: 760L
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442414022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442414020

EXCERPT from scholastic.com:

Unearth the true story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Kate Sessions, who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens. Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she”d live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. But after becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she took a job as a teacher far south in the dry desert town of San Diego. Where there were almost no trees.Kate decided that San Diego needed trees more than anything else. So this trailblazing young woman singlehandedly started a massive movement that transformed the town into the green, garden-filled oasis it is today. Now, more than 100 years after Kate first arrived in San Diego, her gorgeous gardens and parks can be found all over the city. Part fascinating biography, part inspirational story, this moving picture book about following your dreams, using your talents, and staying strong in the face of adversity is sure to resonate with readers young and old.

Rationale for Inclusion: With every refrain of “But Kate did,” the story of Kate Sessions unfolds and inspires young women to take charge of their futures and do as Kate did–what she wanted. Kate didn’t obey the mainstream mentality of women not going to college, of women not pursuing careers in science, of women not becoming professionals. Kate Sessions decided to transform the world around her to her own liking, which is such an important lesson for young girls in the children’s room. They must know that though they will be met with opposition at some points of their lives when they seek to pursue their dreams, if those dreams aren’t “typical,” but just like Kate Sessions, they can do it and change the world anyway. This is honestly one of my favorite picture books, and I love the message behind each page.

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