Tree: A Gentle Story of Love and Loss (Lessons of a LAC)

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Loppy, one of the LACs (Little Anxious Creatures) who lives in the tiny village on the mountaintop is studying for an exam. His anxiety soars, so he decides to console in his dear friend, Tree. As Loppy confides in Tree, a strong wind sweeps through the area, scattering a plethora of his leaves. Though it’s not the time of year for Tree to shed his foliage, Loppy doesn’t realize this until his pal Curly says, “I’m afraid our precious friend is starting to leave us, Loppy.” Together they mourn the inevitable and reminisce about the special times they’ve spent with Tree. The other villagers come to pay tribute, and upon his passing, they memorialize him in the park.

This is a gentle, thoughtful story about love and loss, grief and healing. The unique characters and adorable, touching illustrations provide a bridge of connection to which young children can relate. Loppy’s deep endearment for Tree as well as the terrible sadness he feels when he learns Tree’s life is fading are palpable. His sheer determination to never forget his loyal friend is just as powerful, too.

This heartwarming tale is an ideal choice for youth who may soon lose someone they love as well as for those who have already faced significant losses. It’s also a worthy read for those who enjoy tender-hearted stories of all types. The target age range for Tree: A Gentle Story of Love and Loss is children ages five to nine.

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Star Count 4.5/5
Format Paperback Picture Book
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher EK Books
Publish Date 2020-09-15
ISBN 9781925820126 Buy this Book
Issue October 2020
Category Children's


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