The Abba Tree

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Hannah and Abba—Hebrew for "Dad"—are spending time together in nature on Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day. As Abba rests under a carob tree, Hannah declares that she wants to climb a tree. The carob tree’s trunk is too skinny, but can she climb a eucalyptus tree or a pine tree or an olive tree? When each poses a challenge—for being too scratchy, for not having footholds—Abba offers new inspiration for climbing and insight into what Hannah and the carob tree share in common.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2020-12-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017090, JUV029010, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9 x 9
Lexile 550
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Devora Busheri

Devora Busheri is a children's book writer, editor, and translator. She has authored and edited many books for various publication houses in Israel. Her previous include The Abba Tree and In the Jerusalem Forest. Devora lives in Jerusalem with her husband and their four children.

Illustrator: Gal Shkedi

Gal Shkedi is an animation director, illustrator and character designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Jewish Book Council

“This warm pic­ture book shows us a love­ly hol­i­day which con­nects humans with nature.” — Ellen G. Cole, Jewish Book Council

Sydney Taylor Shmooze

“Author Busheri takes the concept of planting a tree on the holiday of Tu B’Shevat one step further by showing how people must plant trees for the next generation, lending this book to interesting classroom discussions about the environment and altruistic behavior. " — Freidele Galya Soban Biniashvili, Sydney Taylor Shmooze

AJL Newsletter

“The tale is a sweet story about the warmth of the father-daughter relationship and trees” — Rachel Glasser, retired Librarian, Yavneh Academy, Teaneck, NJ, AJL Newsletter

Midwest Book Review

“A delightfully charming and wonderfully entertaining picture book story for children ages 4-8, ‘The Abba Tree’ is an original tale by author and storyteller Devora Busheri that is delightfully illustrated with the visual imaging of artist Gal Shkedi.” — James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

Kirkus Reviews

“A sweet father-daughter tale well-suited for homes familiar with Tu B’Shevat.” — Kirkus Reviews

Jewish Book World

“‘I admired ’The Abba Tree’, because it hit a great balance of teaching while providing a fun experience for kids (and me too, an ‘adult’.)” — Jewish Book World