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Leo's tree
Pearson, Debora.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Annick Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.1 0.5 78573.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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The gentle tale of a baby boy and the tree planted in honor of his birth. When Leo is born, his father plants a tree--a scratchy, branchy linden tree. Soon Leo is growing hair and the tree is sprouting buds, the first of many delightful changes that boy and tree experience during their early years together. As the seasons change, Leo and his tree continue to grow strong and true. Then, when a baby sister joins the family, her tender new sapling is planted next to Leo's sturdy tree. Debora Pearson has created a gentle and heartwarming tale. Softly illustrated by Nora Hilb, this is a story for growing young children and their parents to cherish and share for years to come.

Author Notes

Debora Pearson is the author of more than a dozen children's books, including all the titles in the Mighty Wheels series. She is also co-author of all three books in Annick Press' Travel Adventure series, which earned places on VOYA's Nonfiction Honor list and in the prestigious international White Raven Collection.

Nora Hilb is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of children's books in her native Argentina and around the world. She previously worked with Debora Pearson on Animachines .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS-K. When Leo is a baby, his father plants a little linden tree. Through the seasons, through the years, the tree grows taller, and Leo grows from infant to toddler to preschooler. When Leo's sister joins the family, they plant a new sapling for baby Sophie. Rhyming and near-rhyming phrases are studded with sensory words that help to bring Leo's world to life. Hilb uses clean lines and soft-toned watercolor washes to create a series of pleasing illustrations for the story. Though the use of multiple images of Leo on a few spreads may confuse literal-minded children, most of the double-page spreads present a single moment in time with clarity, warmth, and precision. Short and satisfying to read aloud, this will have wide appeal. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A simple rhyming text describes baby Leo and "his" linden tree, planted soon after his birth. The boy and the sapling spin cycles of seasons, both growing and changing, until the arrival of a baby sister requires a new tree to be planted next to Leo's. Soft watercolors gently record the child's and the linden's progress in careful step with the text. Team this peaceful, satisfying offering with Janice May Udry's quiet A Tree Is Nice (HarperCollins, 1956) and Harry Behn's poetic Trees (Holt, 1992; o.p.) for a comforting extension.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.