The Tree Lady (Hardcover)
The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
Beach Lane Books, 9781442414020, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Praise For The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever…
* “A terrific jacket image shows a tiny girl in a towering forest as seen from above. Who is this girl? And why is she the tree lady? Well, turns out Katherine Olivia Sessions, who grew up in Northern California in the 1860s, always loved trees…. A little-known, can-do woman shines in this handsome picture book from Hopkins and McElmurry. Hopkins ably brings a woman’s passion—and some science—to a story that’s accessible for young children. And, oh the pictures! Both old-timey and lush, they evoke Kate’s vision perfectly, and individually labeled illustrations of trees add to the educational value. A lovely tribute to the pioneering (and environmentalist) spirit, topped off by an author’s note.”
"Hopkins respectfully profiles Kate Sessions, a pioneering horticulturalist who helped transform San Diego’s City Park from a barren waste into today’s lush, tree-filled Balboa Park.... Hopkins’ text presents Sessions’ achievements in simple language embodying Kate’s can-do spirit.... McElmurry’s gouache illustrations adopt a stylized, reductive approach.... The artist nicely conveys Kate’s life arc, from child among sequoias to elder on a tree-lined park path. An appealing treatment of an accomplished woman’s life."