Published by Balzer + Bray
Summary: Before children climbed the giant pecan tree, Nell planted a seed. Before they ran races to the base of the tree, Nell watered a sprout and made sure it had sun. Before grandchildren helped their grandmother Nell bake goodies with pecans from the tree, Nell dug a hole and planted her sapling. Over the years, that sapling became a tree, putting down roots and spreading its branches as Nell grew up, too, and created a family in the house next to the tree. At sunset, that family eats at a long table beneath the spreading branches of the giant pecan tree. Includes notes from the author and illustrator. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A celebration of trees and families, and the long-term commitment needed to see both of them flourish, with beautiful illustrations that help tell the story. I love the final spread with its gorgeous sunset colors and the tree sheltering the family.
Cons: It looked like Nell had at least three kids, but only one made it back for the dinner under the tree.