~I received Penguin Young Readers book samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
The holiday season is here and for all the kids on your shopping list you can never go wrong with an awesome book. I am completely serious…books make amazing gifts as they foster reading and it is something that will be read over and over again taking the child on an adventure each time! To celebrate Penguin Young Readers is featuring a 12 Days of Picture Books Blog Tour to share with you reviews of amazing books and you can head on over to their Facebook page to enter their giveaways to win some of the titles each and every day.
Little Tree by Loren Long is the story of a little tree that was too afraid to let go of his leaves so season after season he held on tight to every leaf. He holds on so long that all the trees around him grow big and tall and he is left behind. This is a great story about letting go and growing. The simple illustrations perfectly pair with this inspiring story and is a great way to show children that everyone has challenges but that everyone can also overcome them.
In 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.