Alright kids, it’s almost time for Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees.
First, we kick off the holiday by reading the story of Tu B’Shevat with one of our book reviewer Tamara Levine’s new favorite books, Happy Birthday, Tree! written by Madelyn Rosenbery.
What would you give a tree for its birthday? Ribbons, water, a present? Does it have all that it needs already? Joni in the picture book Happy Birthday, Tree!, written by Madelyn Rosenbery and illustrated by Jana Christy, doesn’t think so. She believes her favorite tree needs something for its birthday so that it can celebrate.
Tu B’Shevat is one of the Jewish New Years. It’s the birthday of the trees, of course! It’s celebrated on the 15th of Shevat.
Read this beautifully written and illustrate book to find out what Joni gives her favorite tree for its birthday. -Review by Tamara Levine
This wonderful craft project by blogger Miri Flower is a great way to bring a little light during a dark time of the year, while connecting to the spirit of Tu B’Shevat.
A craft to brighten up your day, close the curtains, turn off the lights & read a book by the light of a couple of these beautiful lanterns!
You will need: dried leaves, tissue paper cardboard paper
1) Cut your tissue paper into a square
2) Glue the leaves onto the top half, fold over the bottom & glue it together.
3) Cut a circle out of the cardboard, fold up the edges & glue your tissue paper around the circle. This is the bottom of your lantern.
4) Place a glass jar inside , light a candle & carefully place it inside the jar,
Of course, there are lost of great learning opportunities on Tu B’Shevat. Check out our Tu B’Shevat Portal for resources on the holiday, podcasts and grown up how-to guides.