Have you ever wondered why pine trees stay green all winter long and don’t lose their leaves like other trees? According to an ancient legend attributed to the Cherokee Indians, it was a simple act of kindness towards an injured little bird that earned pine trees this very honor. Retold by award-winning author Alexis York Lumbard, this story invites readers to experience a world where trees and birds speak and interact with each other, and which shows us that no act of kindness and sharing goes unrewarded. Featuring beautiful paintings by multiple award-winning illustrator Beatriz Vidal, you will never look at pine trees in the same way again!
About the Author
Alexis York Lumbard is the author of the award-winning book The Conference of the Birds (illustrated by Demi). Her most recent titles, Angels (illustrated by Flavia Weedn) and Everyone Prays (illustrated by Alireza Sadeghian), have been lauded by the critics since their release. A busy mother of three, she was motivated to write by her children, and the desire to create high quality stories to inspire young readers. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Natick, MA.
Beatriz Vidal is an award-winning Argentinean painter, illustrator, and teacher. Her work has appeared in well-known magazines such as The New York Times, Woman’s Day, and The New Yorker. Vidal won the prestigious Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award for her title A Library for Juana (written by Pat Mora), while her books Rainbow Crow (written by Nancy Van Laan) and Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain (written by Verna Aardema) were Reading Rainbow selections. Her artwork has featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, including The International Exhibition of Illustration for Children in Sarmede, Italy, and The Society of Illustrators in New York. Beatriz Vidal divides her time between Cordoba in Argentina and New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a wonderful story with a great lesson. Alexis York Lumbard retells an old Native American legend in Pine and Winter Sparrow. Sparrow is hurt and cannot fly off with his family for the winter. He tries to find shelter in an oak tree, a maple tree, an elm tree, an aspen tree, but all of these trees send him on his way without so much as a rest. It is Pine who reaches out to Sparrow and offers him refuge. "If you don't mind my sticky branches and needle-sharp leaves, then all that I am and all that I have is yours." The Creator notes, "Those of you who have so much shared nothing. But the one who had so little shared everything." To reward Pine for his kindness to Sparrow, the Creator makes Pine green all year round. Beautiful illustrations round out this wonderful story. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Beautiful, double page spread illustrations and a simple retelling of an old Cherokee folk tale this is a sweet tale that teaches the value of kindness. My only complaint is the short nature of the book, but it's about average if you think of it as a picture book - not a book for children a little older (which is what I expected). I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review.
This is a cute story of why pine trees stay green all winter. The sparrow had hurt his wing and could not fly. When winter approached, his family flew south without him. He went from tree to tree asking for shelter. Each turned him away. In desperation, he was standing at the edge of the forest and the pine tree asked what was wrong. The sparrow told him his tale. Even though the pine had prickly leaves and sticky branches, the pine offered to shelter him. In the spring when the sparrows returned, the found him healed and safe. Then the creator spoke to all the trees and said since they had so much and refused to offer help, their punishment would be to lose their leaves in the winter but the pine would stay fresh and green. A cute tale with the learning lesson that we should share what we have even if we feel what we have to offer is less than perfect. If might just be what the other person needs.