The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure by Andrea Alban GoslineThe Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure by Andrea Alban Gosline

The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure

byAndrea Alban Gosline, Andrea Alban AlbanIllustratorLisa Burnett Bossi

Paper over Board | September 2, 2008

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This celebration of one of Earth's most precious resources embraces the beauty of trees and brings them to life with attributes sure to resonate with readers of all ages: peace, generosity, love, and happiness. With a detailed index of state trees, THE HAPPINESS TREE is a welcome reminder that everything good begins right here.

Andrea Alban Gosline and Lisa Bossi are the co-creators of inspirational books, greeting cards, and guided journals. Written with heart by Andrea, and transformed with a lush palette by Lisa, their creative works draws on a love of family and nature's wonders. They are also the author and illustrator of January's Child: A Birthday Mon...
Title:The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We TreasureFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:40 pages, 10.07 × 10.24 × 0.31 inPublished:September 2, 2008Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312370172

ISBN - 13:9780312370176


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Endearing I remember reading this when I was younger, and I couldn't remember what it was called or even much of what is aboout. I just remembered loving it , and now I've finally found it again!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be happy....plant a tree The opening line is perfect, "Everything good begins with me." A tiny acorn tumbles to the ground and issues this statement to its mother tree. Then his adventure begins. He snuggles deep into a cloak of golden leaves, takes a long winter's nap and emerges in the warm Springtime wide awake, ready to sprout and stand tall amidst his prestigious elders. Beautiful illustrations of different types of trees appear in the following pages and each one gives an account of his value, worth and contributions to his surrounding world. The trees are characterized by words such as hope, love, courage, gratitude, peace, compassion, tolerance, generosity, honesty, and happiness. They model to the human reader the exact attributes humans need to make their world a more loving and better place to inhabit. The world will then be a thriving and healthy community with everyone and everything living together in harmony and peace and doing their share to make the planet the best it can be. The book is written in rhyme and the message is positive and inspirational. The illustrations are magical and bring the text alive. The journey from a tiny seed to a luscious, thriving forest encourages us to look after our world so our children can stand in the midst of "life" and know as they grow up they will need to become good stewards of their earth, as one day they will be passing it on to their children's and their children's children.......and so goes forth the circle of life with everyone having a part to play to keep it going.
Date published: 2014-04-22

Read from the Book

“Everything good begins with me,”
the acorn told its mother tree,
and drifted on the dancing breeze,
to find a cloak of golden leaves.

Bookclub Guide

Thank you for sharing The Happiness Tree with your children! We provide many ideas to deepen their understanding of various themes in the artistic, scientific and personal realms. From language arts exercises to outdoor activities, we encourage thoughtful observation and wish to awaken the children's reverence for the natural world. Trees provide beauty, shelter, fuel, food and clean air. They also inspire art and poetry, by arousing emotions and filling our senses. Indeed, trees stand for our very best qualities as human beings.We hope to inspire your students to express their own original ideas and, like the little acorn we meet in the opening scene, begin journeys, among friends, with the motto:"Everything good begins with me." TOur very best wishes,Lisa Burnett Bossi & Andrea Alban Gosline

Editorial Reviews

"Beautiful.the jewel-toned illustrations of the natural world immediately draw the eye..handsomely illustrated." -School Library Journal