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The Never-Ending Greenness (Morrow
Junior Books, 1997; $15.93) by Neil
As the story begins, the protagonist
remembers Vilna, the town of his birth
— "mostly I remember the trees." Then
came the war; and amid this bleakness
the boy calls to the trees, "protect us."
At last, the family leaves for Israel,
where the boy dreams of an earth "cov-
ered with a thick forest carpet."
The boy's father tells his son of the
destruction, of the "many conquerors
[who] have stolen from the land [of
Israel]." His son sees thefuture, and
soon enough the land of Israel will
indeed be filled with forests; "like a mir-
acle from the Torah, a generation of
newborn trees is springing up from the
fallen seeds of those we planted years
Sammy Spider's First Tu b'Shevat (Kar-
Ben Copies, 2000; $6.95) by Sylvia
Rouss, illustrations by Katherine Janus
Sammy has appeared in several books
about Jewish holidays. This one is the
Sammy watches as the seasons change:
blossoms grow and fall, eggs pop open
to reveal tiny birds, the squirrel lies
snugly in his home for the winter. Then
Josh Shapiro plants a sapling, in honor
of Tu b'Shevat, and Sammy longs to cel-
ebrate, too. Finally, he weaves a web, "a
Food for thought on this green holiday
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nless you own your own
heated greenhouse, chances
are you're not planning on
doing any tree planting just
One fruit that's still easy to buy,
affordable and yummy is the avocado.
Here's a yummy recipe for guacamole:
1 ripe avocado, gently smashed with
2 T. (or more, to taste) salsa
1 t. salt
1/2 t. lemon juice
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A Tree Is Nice (HarperTrophy, 1956;
$16.99) by Marc Simont.
1)Try enjoying some of the fruits we get
from trees, and read all about them in
the Tanach. (For a complete list, see the
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birthday blanket to keep my friend [the
That doesn't mean you can't bring Tu
b'Shevat right into your own home.
Here are some ideas for family celebra-
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Remembering our roots with a few good books
on this holiday of the trees.
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hat could possibly be
more appropriate than a
good book on Tu
The market isn't exactly flooded with
books about this holiday, but a few
appropriate works can be found. Here's
what you might look for:
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Gently mix all ingredients together.
2) Serve your child a sandwich cut in
the shape of a tree. (All this takes is a lit-
tle practice. Use a sharp knife to cut the
tree out of sandwich made of any two
pieces of bread.)
3) Look for tree- and fruit-topped tooth-
picks at the drugstore or discount shop
to decorate your holiday table.
4) Add a bit of green food coloring to
drinks or precooked white foods (like
potatoes and pasta).
5) Make a garden out of Play-Doh.
(Look for the scented variety for even
6) Make a tree ice-cream cone. The cone
is the base (or serve in a bowl, if you're
planning on lots of toppings). The "tree"
is pistachio or mint ice cream (or you