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The Tree Lady

The Tree Lady

The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever

Illustrated by: Jill McElmurry
For Ages: 5 - 10
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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.
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  • Beach Lane Books | 
  • 32 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442414020 | 
  • September 2013 | 
  • Grades K - 5
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About the Author

H. Joseph Hopkins

H. Joseph Hopkins lives on a houseboat in Portland, Oregon. This is his first picture book.

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