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This week my picture books focus on two important women who love nature.
by Patrick McDonnell
This is a biographical book about a very young Jane Goodall. As a girl, Goodall had a toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Even as a child, she loved to be outside in nature and dreamed of growing up to help animals. Well, you know how that turned out.
I love how this book takes a very important woman and looks at her as a child. After all, every influential person started out as a child with a dream. With simplistic text and lovely pictures, this book is great for children in grades K-2.
by H. Joseph Hopkins
Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
I had never heard of Kate Sessions before reading this book. She grew up surrounded by trees and never imagined that she would live in a place that did not have many trees. Then she moved to San Diego. With its intense heat and dry climate, SanDiego was not an ideal place for trees to thrive. Kate made it her mission to research trees that could grow in such conditions and soon began planting trees in parks throughout San Diego. Several years, and many trees later, she had organized efforts to plant almost a million trees.
I love Kate's determination and her passion for nature. She serves as an important role model for us today about the difference one person can make in the world.