Project Description

Tree for Emmy

A Tree for Emmy

by Mary Ann Rodman
illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

“’I declare, Emmy,’ said Gramma. ‘That mimosa tree is a lot like you. Stubborn and strong and a little bit wild.’”

Emmy loves trees. She loves oak trees with acorns. She loves pine trees with cones, and willow trees with swishy branches. But best of all, Emmy loves the mimosa tree that grows in her grandmother’s pasture. So when Emmy decides she wants a mimosa tree of her own for her birthday, she is dismayed to find that many garden stores only sell ornamental trees like plum or pear or tulip trees. Emmy is crushed―until she discovers that the answer to her problem is growing right before her eyes!

Mary Ann Rodman’s joyful story will appeal to all who cherish a special dream, and help readers appreciate the natural world around them. Illustrator Tatjana Mai-Wyss’s whimsical watercolor and collage illustrations capture Emmy’s exuberant personality and the story’s hopeful ending.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-475-4
Publication Date: 3/1/2009
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-3/4″ x 10″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-037-2
Publication Date: 4/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-3/4″ x 10″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 2.3
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD360L
Themes: Birthday, Identity, Independence, Mimosa Trees
BISAC 1: JUV029020 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World/General
BISAC 2: JUV017100 JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays
BISAC 3: JUV013030 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational


“A spunky and independent heroine, a satisfying story and a gentle environmental message combine nicely here in an arboreal celebration that will delight many a young reader.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Watercolor and collage illustrations feature lively cartoon figures and depict Emmy’s vibrant world.” ―School Library Journal

“The repetition of phrases, the cadence of the text, and the understanding of a child’s emotions make this picture book a fine choice for reading aloud. A natural for Arbor Day or Earth Day.” ―Booklist

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“Rodman’s lively story will keep children engaged…Lyrical, colorful illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss add a great deal.” ―The News Tribune

“An engaging story of a determined little girl…” ―Sunday Eagle

“This is a lovely story about beauty being in the eye of the beholder and that beauty for children comes from joy and adventures not from status, reputation or origin.” ―My Little Bookcase

“With a charming message and lovely multimedia illustrations, this picture book is a tribute to all those people, young and old, who love all of nature’s gifts and who have the courage to be unique.” ―Through the Looking Glass

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Giverny Award ―15 Degree Laboratory at LSU, 2011

Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (Honor Book) ―The Poetry Center at Passiac County Community College, 2010

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Meet the Author

Mary Ann Rodman, a former school media specialist, is the author of A Tree for Emmy and First Grade Stinks!. She has received both the Ezra Jack Keats Award for Outstanding New Picture Book Writer and the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She lives in Georgia.

Meet the Illustrator

Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. She has illustrated a number of picture books, including A Tree for Emmy and That’s Not How You Play Soccer, Daddy! She lives in South Carolina.