Dec 7, 2015

12 Days of Picture Books - Little Tree Review

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The book that we are reviewing today is Little Tree by Loren Long.

From PenguinIn the middle of a little forest, there lives a Little Tree who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is.

Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree’s leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree—he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can. Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, despite words of encouragement from a squirrel, a fawn, and a fox, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. As Little Tree sits in the shadow of the other trees, now grown sturdy and tall as though to touch the sun, he remembers when they were all the same size. And he knows he has an important decision to make.

From #1 New York Times bestselling Loren Long comes a gorgeously-illustrated story that challenges each of us to have the courage to let go and to reach for the sun.
What we thought: 
Ok. I'm going to be honest. This book was incredibly emotional to me! It truly is a gorgeous story with SO much meaning. On the surface, it's a lovely little story to read to kids during an Autumn or leaf themed unit. However, for the adult reading it, it has so much more behind it. The tale of the little tree who refuses to shed its leaves and therefore gets left behind by all of the other trees makes such a poignant statement of the importance of breaking out of your comfort zone in order to flourish. The little tree must take a risk in order to succeed and move forward in life! This is a fabulous lesson for kids and adults alike. I dare you to try to read it without shedding a tear! 

Interested in seeing what our fellow bloggers have to say about these titles? Head to these blogs to read reviews of different Penguin Young Reader books, as well as get a different perspective on the ones we've reviewed! 

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Homegrown Friends
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Inspiration Laboratories
Clarks Condensed
Book Rock Betty
Kid Lit Frenzy
Bored Mommy
The Delightful Life
Reads and Recipes
Omazing Kids
KidsCreative Chaos
The Chirping Moms
Hello Happy
Spark and Pook
Fun Handprint Art
Mama Smiles
Imagination Soup
Tots and Me
Design of the Picture Book
Gravity Bread
Creative Family Fun
Future Flying Saucers
Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading
Coquette Maman
Growing Book by Book
A Little Bit of Everything
Happily Ever Mom
Little Earthling
The Little Tourist

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