But all grades except 5th will be hearing books about trees--specific trees, the life cycle of trees, personified trees, tree planting, the virtues and benefits of trees, it's just all about trees. One of the most interesting of this week's readalouds is The Tree that Would Not Die, by Ellen Levine. In this picture book, the Treaty Oak located in Austin, Texas, recounts its remarkable 500-year history. Although, sadly, in 1989 someone applied a strong herbicide to the base of the Treaty Oak in an apparent effort to kill it, the Treaty Oak survived. It had to be significantly pruned (as the photos below show), but as far as I know it is still thriving today, though the most recent internet information I could find is from 2015. Austin, Texas, is a marvelous town--I visited it a couple of times in the early 1990s. Maybe I will have to take another trip there and snap a few current photos of the Treaty Oak.