AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Loren Long
PUBLISHER: Philomel Books/2015
OPENING LINES: Once there was a little tree filled with little leaves . . . who was surrounded by other little trees who had little leaves of their own. In the heat of long summer days, Little Tree’s leaves kept him cool.
Little Tree likes life just the way it is. But the seasons change and life moves on. For everyone but Little Tree, that is. Little Tree hugs his leaves tightly and refuses to change, despite words of encouragement from his forest friends. As the rest of the forest grows around him, Little Tree is faced with an important decision. You’ll have to read this yourself to see if and how Little Tree comes to terms with change. Loren Long’s beautiful illustrations capture the beauty of the seasons and match the text perfectly and the ending will leave you sighing, "Aw!"