Published by Schwartz and Wade
Summary: A man living at the top of a steep hill is tortured by wind. The shutters bang, the tea spills, and dust flies all around. “What to do?” cries the man. Fortunately, his neighbor at the bottom of the hill, a girl named Kate, has a solution. Hauling a wagon filled with saplings, she helps the man plant the trees around his house. Years pass, the trees grow, and so does Kate. A grown-up Kate comes back to visit, and enjoys a peaceful cup of tea with the man, the wind no longer a problem thanks to the trees. Includes an author’s note that tells the many ways trees help the earth, gives kids ways they can make a difference, and includes a few tree-related websites. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A good choice for an Earth Day story time. The poetic text would be fun to read aloud, and follow-up activities could help kids learn more about trees.
Cons: It seemed like the man had a long time to wait before his wind problem was solved.