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The Tree and Me
By (author): Deborah Zemke
9780735229426 Paperback, Digest English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books May 14, 2019
$10.99 CAD
Active 5.13 x 7.75 x 0.43 in 160 pages Dial Books for Young Readers Puffin Books
The fourth chapter book in this quirky, beloved series focuses on teamwork in the classroom and care for the environment. Perfect for fans of Amelia’s Notebook, Judy Moody, and Dory Fantasmagory series.

There’s a very special 150-year-old oak tree outside the window of Bea’s classroom at Emily Dickinson Elementary School. When Bert, Bea’s nemesis, climbs the tree, he gets in a lot of trouble—and that leads to even more trouble for everyone. “Concerned” citizens proclaim the tree a hazard and call for cutting it down. But the class won’t let that happen, and using Bea’s artistic ability, they work out a great plan to save the tree named Emily. Bea and her classmates know they can save their school’s best tree from being cut down!

PERFECT FOR NEW READERS: Bea’s drawings are fully integrated into the text and help tell the story so struggling readers can begin to tackle a sophisticated-looking chapter book on their own.

ENVIRONMENTAL ANGLE: Bea is trying to save a tree from being cut down. A great introduction to the importance of nature preservation.

DIARY IN DRAWINGS: Readers with a knack for doodling will relate to the way Bea creates art everywhere she goes. The trend that started with Diary of a Wimpy Kid continues in this accessible chapter books series.

LATINX FAMILY: As a Latina character, Bea Garcia is a mirror for Latinx readers and a diverse voice among the leading ladies of chapter book series.

A CHARACTER TO EMBRACE: Bea is artistic, perky, a little bit insecure, and likable—an every-kid who could be (according to The New York Times) “the literary daughter of Ramona Quimby or granddaughter of Betsy and Tacy.” Goodreads reviewers are saying it’s a “great transitional chapter book. A precursor to Ellie McDoodle,” and the series has landed on Florida’s state award list.

Deborah Zemke has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including the wildly successful Doodles place mat series. Her work has also appeared in several magazines. She is also the designer of the ITC Zemke Hand font. She lives in Missouri.

Author Residence: Missouri

Marketing: Online and social media promotion

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Praise for Bea Garcia:

Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year: My Life in Pictures and The Curse of Einstein’s Pencil

Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award Finalist: My Life in Pictures

* “Bea Garcia is an honest and funny protagonist with whom readers will identify and want to check back with regularly.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“The best of the new crop…with the understated charms of Deborah Zemke’s heroine, Bea Garcia, and of Zemke’s skittery line drawings.”—The New York Times Book Review

“There isn’t anything real or imaginary that the endearing Bea cannot draw…Readers will find inspiration to write, draw, explore, and imagine.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Zemke clearly shows how art, self-expression, and humor can be solid allies when life doesn’t go as planned.”—Publishers Weekly

“The everyday ups and downs of Bea’s life will be familiar to readers, who are sure to appreciate Bea’s perky humor.”—Booklist

“Zemke has a gift for portraying the trials and tribulations of elementary school…A promising launch to this new series. Pass this one to aspiring artists, those missing a friend, or anyone who could use a laugh as she navigates childhood.”—BCCB

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