Friday, April 30, 2010

A Poem Lovely As A Tree - Celebrating Arbor Day!


THE MOMENT
by Hal Borland

This is the moment, that moment which may last for a day or a week, depending on the wind and weather. It is the same time when tree green trembles between wary bud and opening leaf, when a few hours of concentrated sunlight could almost change the face of the land. The canopy that will be summer shade and next autumn's vivid color is there on twig and branch, ready to unfurl. And even that statement is so local, so circumscribed by geography and weather, that it was out of date yesterday a hundred miles from here and probably will be out of date this morning somewhere within reach of a stoutly flung stone.

And that in itself is a measure of the delicate poise of the moment. A chilly wind can prolong it a little longer in one valley; across the hill in the next valley an afternoon of sunlight can mist a whole woodland with such green as we have not seen in a twelvemonth. The tracery of maple blossoms has been like the brushing stroke of a pastel crayon across the treetops in the lowlands, and the tiny bloom of spicebush has twinkled, stardust in the lower woodland. The osiers and the willows have been amber and ruby and then have ventured first leaves, among the most eager of all the trees and bushes, along the watercourses.

And the others are waiting, the birch, the breech, the ash and elm, and the maples especially. The oaks are later, cautious to fringe themselves with delicate pink and fugitive orange and then with green. But this is the moment when it is beginning to happen, one place and another, that breathless moment when new green leaves first open to the sun.

STORIES

Yes, I know I am rather late since today is Arbor Day, but why not celebrate our beautiful, life-giving trees all year long!

Arbor Day.org - The official site with everything to help you support and share this important day.
http://www.arborday.org/

A Hmong Folktale
 http://www.csuchico.edu/~cheinz/syllabi/asst001/fall97/5may-her.htm 

Spirit of Trees - Cristy West’s growing website offers curricular resources, essays, organizational links, poetry and folktales from some of our leading storytellers and scholars. Rest in the cool shade of its branches and let the spirit of the trees nourish your soul. http://www.spiritoftrees.org/

The Tree That Absorbed Tears - Adapted by Laura Simms http://www.laurasimms.com/TreeTears.html

The Mango Tree - Lao Folktale
http://hubpages.com/hub/Lao-Folktales--The-Mango-Tree

Trees for Life - “Award winning conservation charity dedicated to restoring the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland.” From Alder to Yew, this site is offers an array of myths and folklore of the Caledonian Forest that will surely complement an Arbor Day storytelling program. http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/forest/mythfolk/index.html

The Tree Angel a Vietnam Legend – A lovely story for Arbor Day about how the banana tree was created. http://www.vietnamwebsite.net/myth/myth17.htm

The Story of the Coconut Tree -This is the story of a beautiful moon princess, but it is also a story about bamboo, a plant which was once believed to be sacred. http://www.topics-mag.com/folk-tales/folk-tale-disobedience-malay.htm

The Story of the Tree of Life - Tibetian folktale from Sacred Texts
http://www.sacred-texts.com/asia/tft/tft43.htm


CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS


From the Mango Tree and Other Folktales from Nepal - Classroom Guide http://www.sarahlamstein.com/MangoStudyGuide.pdf

How Many Leaves - A Book for Early Readers
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/plants/leaf/howmany/

Indiana Department of Natural Resources - Arbor Day http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/5319.htm#anchor719935

CRAFTS

Enchanted Learning - Lots of activities and crafts. Just click and go! http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/arborday/

Salt Leaf Magnets -  Quick, cute and easy. 
http://crafts.kaboose.com/leaf_magnets.html


MISCELLANEOUS

An Annotated Bibliography of Children's Literature with Environmental Themes http://teachers.net/archive/envirobks.html

Quotes for Gardeners http://www.gardendigest.com/trees2.htm



Karen Chace  © 2010

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3 comments:

Jai Joshi said...

So many fantastic resources! You are a treasure, Karen.

I had a tree planted for me by the Arbor Day Foundation to make my blog carbon neutral. If you don't already know about the initiative (but you probably do) then you can visit my blog and click on the carbon neutral button in my sidebar to find out about it. It's easy!

Jai

Karen Chace said...

Jai,

You are always so sweet to leave a comment. It helps me to know that I am not just disappearing into the cyber ether. :)

I did check your blog, need to add it to my RSS feed. Your post about the "earthquake" cracked me up! You are as gorgeous as I imagined.

I am now listing worthwhile blogs in my newsletter. May I add yours?

Thank you again, you are a gem!
Karen

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