The City Tree

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Title: The City Tree
Published by: HarperCollins/Clarion Books
Release Date: April 4, 2023
Contributors: Illustrated by Lorena Alvarez
Pages: 40
ISBN13: 978-0358423416


In this enchanting and informative picture book with environmental themes, a newly planted sidewalk tree transforms the neighborhood as residents nurture it through the seasons. Vibrantly illustrated and with extensive backmatter, this is a lovely ode to how trees make cities—and communities—better. Perfect for fans of The Night Gardener and The Curious Garden.

Dani lives on a city block carpeted with concrete—until a street tree moves in.

The tree brings the wonders of nature to Dani’s doorstep and is good company through the days and seasons. But it will need help to thrive . . .

This love letter to the many gifts of trees reminds us to take care of our neighbors—even those with roots, branches, and leaves.


See the street tree activities from Trees New York


“A simple story of a tree which transforms into a glorious celebration of life, growth, and community.”
School Library Journal, starred review

“A delightful combination of metaphors and vivid art as each season the tree continues to make the neighborhood a joyful place to live. Tranquil and calming, this is an ideal bedtime read.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Boss writes in praise of city greenery with this appealing story about the planting of a tree in front of a child’s apartment building.”
Publishers Weekly


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