Published by Blue Dot Kids Press
Summary: When Susanne visits her grandparents’ house in the country one summer, she makes friends with a tree she and her grandmother meet in the woods. Each time she visits, Susanne makes a new discovery. She’s initially drawn to the tree because of baby birds nesting in it. Later on, she hugs it, climbs it, and discovers insects crawling up and down its trunk. When she sees the leaves changing color, she knows it’s time for her visit to end. She and her mother have one last visit with the tree that includes a hug and gathering a leaf to remember her tree all winter. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This lovely introduction to trees includes “Did you know?” and “Try this” sidebars on many of the pages to share additional facts and encourage kids to interact with their own trees. The illustrations highlight the tree with beautifully colored leaves, and both story and picture will make readers want to head for the woods.
Cons: Once again, a missed opportunity for back matter, which could have included all sorts of additional information and resources about trees.