Netta and her plant

by Gellman, Ellie.

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Picture Book PICTURE PB Gellman
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  PICTURE PB Gellman
Hampton Community Library Juvenile Picture Book GENERAL JPIC GELLMAN
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book

On Tu B'Shevat, little Netta, who lives in Israel, brings a plant home from preschool. She loves it. Netta grows and the plant grows, until it is time for both of them to find new homes and new friends. Netta and Her Plant tells the story of the changes Netta encounters as she grows up, getting taller getting a new baby sister, and preparing for her first day of kindergarten at her new school, each stage of her life mirrored by her growing plant.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It's Tu B'Shevat today,' the teacher explained. Your name, Netta, means plant,' and now is the time to plant. So opens this picture book about the Jewish New Year for Trees, celebrated on the fifteenth day of Shevat. Although Tu B'Shevat isn't explained within the text, a brief concluding afterword clarifies. At school, Netta and her teacher plant a seedling together on the holiday, then Netta brings it home to watch it grow. As Netta outgrows her crib, so the plant outgrows its pot. Soon her mother grows too, and Netta welcomes a little sister. The refrain The plant grew. Netta grew continues throughout, all the way until the end, when the once former sapling is finally planted in the ground. Time passes quickly here, and a lot of different events occur, which may be confusing for some kids. Still, this is a fine introduction to the Jewish holiday and showcases the loving bond between Netta and her family. The softly shaded illustrations add additional warmth.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "For Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish holiday that's a combination of Earth Day and Arbor Day (although it usually falls in January or February, it's spring in Israel), everyone in Netta's preschool class is bringing home a seedling in a pot. Netta, whose name means "plant" in Hebrew, and her family (who are also referred to by their Hebrew titles, such as "Ima," for mother) are conscientious caregivers and, as book's refrain explains, "The plant grew. Netta grew." When the milestones of maturity-a big bed, a new brother, a new home, and kindergarten-feel overwhelming, Netta turns the plant into a living transitional object, comforting it as grownups comfort and encourage her. "You don't have to be afraid," she tells the plant, echoing Ima. "It will be OK, and in the new house you will have your own room." Gellman's (Jeremy's Dreidel) gentle, serious prose conveys profound respect for Netta's unwavering stewardship as well as her changing emotional states. Ugliano (Benjamin and the Silver Goblet) is very much in sync, with quietly reassuring scenes of modern Jewish family life and characters whose thoughtful, open faces exude warmth and constancy. Ages 3-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Growth -- Fiction.
Plants -- Fiction.
Tu bi-Shevat -- Fiction.
Jews -- Fiction.
Growth -- Juvenile fiction.
Plants -- Juvenile fiction.
Tu bi-Shevat -- Juvenile fiction.
Jews -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :Kar-Ben Publishing,2014
Contributors Ugliano, Natascia, illustrator.
Audience Ages 3-8.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781467704229 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
1467704229 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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