(reposted from UTLA United News "Grapevine" section, August 2014)
The Tree Lady
An Essay Contest for Grades 3-8
An exciting opportunity to develop writing skills in your students is available from now until November 1st. Enter your students in the FOCAL Award essay contest! Teachers in grades 3-8 may contact us on a first come, first served basis, for the award winning book, The Tree Lady, by H. Joseph Hopkins, to read to your students. Then, encourage your students to write about why they liked the book and what it means to them. Three winners will share their essay at the award luncheon where they will meet the author and receive an autographed copy of the book!
Can you imagine the lovely city of San Diego as a desert town in the 1800’s? That’s what Kate Sessions, who became known as the tree lady, discovered when she moved there after college. Kate’s love of trees and her persistence are the reason we all enjoy the variety of trees in Balboa Park today.
The award is given annually by FOCAL (Friends of Children and Literature) to an excellent book with strong California content. For more information visit: http://www.focalonline.org Complimentary copies of the book are available to teachers (to use with students who are writing essays) at the Children’s Literature Department of Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library while supplies last. Call ahead to reserve your free copy at 213-228-7250.