Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by EMU's Debuts.
My selection is "Eliza's Cherry Trees: Japan's gift to America" written by Andrea Zimmerman and illustrated by Ju Hong Chen.
Eliza Scidmore was a writer, photographer, geographer, and the first woman board member of the National Geographic Society. During her many trips to Japan she came to the love Japan's cherry trees and became a tireless advocate for bringing them to Washington D.C.
Zimmerman tells the story of Eliza's determination and how, after soliciting the help of President Taft's wife, Eliza's dream came true with the planting of three thousand cherry trees in 1912.
Eliza's story should be part of any study of our nation's capital.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival: March 20th - April 27th.