A curious child tries to understand: what does a tree feel? Is it happy being a tree? Perhaps it finds it hard to stand still in one spot all the time… This ability to see the glass as half-full makes the tree an inspiring character. This book invites readers to discuss their love of nature, and how to be content.
"Who is rich? He who is happy with his lot"
(Mishna, Ethics of the fathers, 4:1)
The Mishna tells us that the rich do not necessarily have a lot of money or possessions, but are rather those who are happy with what they have got. The ability to appreciate what we have, and learn to see the goodness in every situation, is the recipe for happiness. The tree is planted in one spot, and is connected to the ground. Despite its inability to move or travel, it is happy with the birds nesting in its branches, and the wind's caresses, as well as everything else it has got. The tree is therefore truly rich, as it is happy and pleased with its lot.
Enjoy reading and discussing this book together!
Datia Ben Dor
Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1944, and immigrated to Israel when she was a year old. During her early professional career, Ben Dor engaged in musical education, writing screenplays and songs for many TV shows for preschoolers, such as Parpar Nechmad (Lovely Butterfly) and the Israeli version of Sesame Street. Many of her children's songs and books are very well-known and loved, among them: Ani Tamid Nishar Ani (Me is Me), Digdugim (Tickles), Otiyot Mefatpetot (Chatty Alphabet), and Kacha Zeh BeIvrit (That's How Hebrew Is). Datia Ben Dor won awards for her contribution to children's literature, such as the ACUM Award and Bialik Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Children's Literature.