Pine and the Winter Sparrow
Sparrow greets each day joyfully, even on the day his wing is injured. His family worries because winter is coming and Sparrow can hardly fly. But Sparrow tells his family not to worry. Soon his family flies away to the south and cold winter winds start to blow. Sparrow asks Oak to shelter him, but Oak tells Sparrow to go away. Sparrow goes to Maple and asks that beautiful golden tree for help, but Maple twists her trunk away. Sparrow hops over to Elm, but Elm doesn’t even wait for Sparrow to ask before turning him away. Sparrow goes deep into the forest only to be shunned by a row of Aspen. As snow begins to fall and loneliness for Sparrow’s family saddens him, Pine smiles down and speaks to Sparrow. Has he finally found refuge?
Alexis York Lumbard retells this charming fable that teaches about caring for others and also explains why pine trees are able to stay green all year round while other trees cannot. Beatriz Vidal illustrates the book perfectly with gorgeous paintings that match the quiet of the story with soft colors and delicate images. Don’t miss this lovely book.
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