Life is difficult for a family trying to make a home and a decent living on the prairies. There are the fields to till, the sod house to build, the crops to tend, and always, the harsh elements to endure. But for her help that year, young Emily can choose the thing she most wants. Surrounded by a vast ocean of grass, a fiat featureless horizon, and an endless sky, she longs most for a tree.
Planted lovingly in the springtime of her life, Emily's weeping willow becomes a living symbol of the warmth, strength and history shared by generations of one family. And it stands as a marker for all those who bravely set roots down in the dark soil of the prairies.
About the Author
A prolific writer and educator, Maxine Trottier makes history come alive in picture books and novels for young readers. Her award-winning titles include Claire's Gift, The Paint Box, and The Prairie Willow. Maxine's books have earned the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and twice the Ontario Woman Teacher's Federation Writing Award. Born in Michigan, Maxine is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. and makes her home in Port Stanley, Ontario.
Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobson are an award-winning husband-and-wife team who have illustrated a number of beautiful picture books for children. Their works have earned them the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Rick and Laura live in Toronto with their three children. Visit their web site at www.jacobsonfernandez.com.