Springtime is for cherry blossoms and books!

It’s still showering spring books! And alongside the blossoming cherry trees in Washington, D.C. comes a book that tells us how they got there.

More than 3,000 trees were sent as a gift from the Japanese government to the United States, to be planted along the Potomac River.  Author Andrea Zimmerman introduces us to Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, an American journalist and travel writer, who was responsible for getting the trees there.

You can hear her interview about the book with NPR’s Robin Young here. And check out the book’s official website, and learn more about Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore here.

Of special note: Andrea herself wears several hats. She is an writer; an author/illustrator; picture book blogger; and co-collaborator with her husband, artist David Clemesha. See her many celebrated children’s book titles here.

Other Andrea Zimmerman titles

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3 responses to “Springtime is for cherry blossoms and books!

  1. This just in from The Washington Post via David Clemesha:

    As part of the Cherry Blossom Festival, “Eliza’s Cherry Trees” author Andrea Zimmerman will be at the Japanese Street Festival’s Children’s Corner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 9.

    Children’s Corner is in Freedom Plaza at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Entrance to the street festival this year costs $5 for adults; it is free for children 12 and younger. A portion of the admission costs will be donated to help Japan recover from the earthquake and tsunami

    If you are in the Washington D.C. area during cherry blossom time, don't miss this event!

  2. What a beautiful and well-timed reminder of Japan’s gifts of beauty– in art, in gardens, in food and landscape. May all the beauty of their country be reborn again soon!

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