Friday, October 24, 2014

The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins - ADVISABLE

Hopkins, H. Joseph The Tree Lady: The true story of how one tree-loving woman changed a city forever.  PICTURE BOOK.  Beach Lane (Simon), 2013.  $17.  

In 1881, Kate Sessions was the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a science degree.  From there she moved to San Diego to teach science, but her true calling was to find drought-resistant trees and plant them and encourage others to plant them all over the city to bring green life to the desert.  When the California Exposition was coming to San Diego in 1909, Kate got the city leaders involved and the city planted thousands of trees and created Balboa Park.  

Pair this book with Wangari’s Trees of Peace for a lesson on woman's ability to create nature and change climate for the better, not just destroy it.


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