Little Tree ( Ages 4 to 7)
By ; Loren Long
Publisher :Philomel Books ( Oct., 2015)
With a poignant line of reality underneath , The story of "Little Tree" who`s trying stubbornly to hold on to her?leaves when all the other saplings were playing by the rules of the nature and shedded their leaves in preparation for the harsh winter season.....is the story of every child. And this beginning of the story is quite dramatic and engaging.
Little tree was an adorable sapling and had a quite satisfying life full of happiness during her very early days: Long depicts these happy days with playful squirrels and the singing dove on her branches.
Just like a young child who wouldn't want to let go of her beloved things and her fear of unknown changes, The Little Tree wants to keep her beloved leaves and fearfully anticipate the winter. She faces the consequences. As days and years pass other saplings grew up with bright new leaves ,squirrels played on their branches. Soon they were out of reach tall and sturdy,The Little Tree couldn't feel the sun anymore nor she heard the Dove singing her song. She became frail. The forest animals thought she was sick ........But she didn't accept the fate of passing away,on the eleventh hour she did let go of her now yellow beloved leaves .Await an enchanting final spread with a fully grown beautiful "Little Tree!!"
By twisting the real tale of a growing up sapling Long has created a magnificent story about realities of life. I`m awestruck by his brilliance in turning this complex theme into a simple picture book.
A compelling tale to learn about seasons , nature and pains one might have to under go during their journey of growing up years. Well defined illustrations full of clarity supports the text well.