Once Upon a Tree

Once Upon a Tree


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This fable of a little leaf looking for his purpose will delight children and their caretakers.

The whirling, swirling adventures of an ordinary little leaf high on a tree, struggling to find its purpose. The leaf watches baby birds break out of their shells and grow until they learn to fly. Caterpillars wrap themselves in silk and emerge as magnificent butterflies. Warm sunny days get shorter and windy chilly nights grow longer. The little leaf is terribly worried that it should be transforming too. It no longer noticed anything other than the thoughts spinning in its head. The leaf held on to the tree with all its might, growing exhausted as increasingly cooler winds blew. Then one day, the leaf noticed it had become a beautiful crimson color. And it became aware that maybe, maybe it was time for the leaf to fly too. The leaf was very tired, so it just let go. As it danced and twirled to the ground in the amber sunlight, the leaf finally learns its own unique purpose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941529744
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Dawn Jarocki is a longtime student of Thich Nhat Hanh. She enjoys raising her young son, caring for other children as a nanny and homeschool teacher, and sharing her love of nature and mindfulness with our youngest generations. 

Soren Kisiel is the author of the children's picture book The Night Our Parents Went Out and award-winning playwright and co-author with his wife, comedian Katie Goodman, of the internationally-touring comedy troupe Broad Comedy. Soren is an ordained member of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's Buddhist lineage. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and teenage son.

Jessica McClure grew up in Maryland with a love of animals, art, and the outdoors. A graduate of Pratt Institute, she now lives in Brooklyn where she designs books, including Thich Nhat Hanh's children's book Is Nothing Something?, and works as the creative director for a plush toy company.

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Once Upon a Tree 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
run4theworld More than 1 year ago
Once Upon a Tree by Dawn Jarocki, and Soren Kisiel is a encouraging tale about a leaf who struggles to accept and express himself. The leaf is happy being a leaf at the top of a tree until one day when he begins to question his purpose. A bird living in the tree learns to fly, and the leaf wonders if he should also fly. Soon a caterpillar arrives and cocoons itself, later turning into a beautiful butterfly. Again the leaf wonders if he should fly. The bird and butterfly encourage the leaf to look within for the answers, and to trust and follow his feelings. Eventually the leaf decides to fly in his own way by letting go of the tree branch and floating gracefully into the autumn wind. The watercolor illustrations are soft and gently expressive, and convey a nurturing and encouraging warmth that flows beautifully with the story. The idea that everyone naturally has a unique purpose, and that this is revealed from within when we are ready, is a hopeful and deeply affirming message for children.  I recommend this book for children and for parents/ teachers/ grandparents to read to children.  I received an ARC from NetGalley via Parallax Press and Plum Blossom in exchange for an honest review.