Bare Tree and Little Wind: A Story for Holy Week

Bare Tree and Little Wind: A Story for Holy Week

Bare Tree and Little Wind: A Story for Holy Week

Bare Tree and Little Wind: A Story for Holy Week


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A lyrical, captivating retelling of the Palm Sunday and Easter story from National Book Award nominee Mitali Perkins, author of Rickshaw Girl, that is sure to become a beloved tradition for families of faith.

Little Wind and the trees of Jerusalem can't wait for Real King to visit. But Little Wind is puzzled when the king doesn't look how he expected. His wise friend Bare Tree helps him learn that sometimes strength is found in sacrifice, and new life can spring up even when all hope seems lost.
This story stands apart for its imagination, endearing characters, and how it weaves Old Testament imagery into Holy Week and the promise of Jesus's triumphant return. While the youngest readers will connect to the curious Little Wind, older children and parents will appreciate the layers of meaning and Scriptural references in the story, making it a book families can enjoy together year after year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593234877
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/22/2022
Edition description: Illustrated
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 302,950
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Mitali Perkins has written many books for young readers. She has been nominated for a National Book Award, honored as a "Most Engaging Author" by independent booksellers, selected as a "Literary Light for Children" by the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and was invited to serve as a judge for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India, before immigrating to the United States. She has also lived in Bangladesh, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana, studied at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Khoa Le is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books. She currently lives with her cats and has a passion for traveling and discovering different cultures and stories. She has been honored by the Singapore Book Council as the winner of the Grand Prize Samsung KidsTime Authors Award and the second runner-up of the Scholastic Picture Book Award.

Read an Excerpt

Little Wind skipped through Jerusalem’s palm trees.

His visit made their green fronds clap.

Little Wind took a bow.

“One day we will clap on our own,” Tall Tree said.

“When?” asked Little Wind.

“When Real King comes,” Tall Tree answered.

Little Wind’s next stop was Dead Garden.

Nothing grew there. Bare Tree stood scarred with cuts and scrapes.

No fronds. No fruit. No flowers.

Little Wind tried to move her.

He puffed. “Where are your dates?”

She didn’t stir. “Sold for honey.”

He gusted. “Where are your seeds?”

She didn’t budge. “Crushed for oil.”

“And your fronds?” He was running out of breath.

“Used for a roof,” she said.

Panting, Little Wind whirled around her one last time.

A few leftover shreds fell off her trunk.

“Thank you,” Bare Tree said. “Those were itchy.”

She’ll never clap, Little Wind thought.

Not even if Real King comes.

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