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Little Tree

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  871 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
In the middle of a little forest, there lives a Little Tree who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is.

Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree's leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree—he hug
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Philomel Books (first published September 22nd 2015)
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☕ Kimberly
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Little Tree by Loren Long is a beautifully illustrated story of a young tree afraid of change, who despite encouragement from wilderness friends refuses to let go. Simplistic and yet poignant this simple tale made me tear up as I read it to Sophia. While the message was lost on one so young, children five to one hundred and two can find relevance to this tale and identify with little tree. So clever how the author used a tree to share her message. I loved Little Tree and it is my wish that it fi ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, children
This is a brilliantly constructed and illustrated book about seasons, but also about fear when it comes to facing the unknown. This sweet gem by Loren Long centers around a little tree afraid of losing its leaves and who stubbornly refuses to grow along with all the others. When this little tree realizes that all the other trees have moved on around it, growing upwards and strong, it must make a decision about holding on or letting go. Startling simple and complex, this is appealing to children ...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't know guys. I mean Loren Long's books are always beautiful but I think I wanted more from this one. And why is the tree a "he"?
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Impulse grab at the library as I like the Otis stories and others illustrated by Long. And oh goodness am I glad I did. This is a fable that can be read for so many meanings, on so many levels, for so many different readers both young and old, that, yes, I'm going to say it, it's a :wince: Modern Classic! Much better than Rainbow Fish or Stella Luna or Guess How Much I Love You. Deserving of all the accolades I do hope it's getting.

Now, you who follow me and who read lots of picture books, don't
E. Mellyberry
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect gorge book. The moral of the story is spot on. Love the beauty of its illustrations.
Malcolm Everett
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I saw Little Tree on a list of Ohio-authored books and decided to check it out of my local library to jokingly read to my wife as a bedtime story. She adored it so much that I actually bought her a copy for Christmas. The illustrations are colorful and charming—you can even distinguish the different types of trees based on the leaves.

As for the moral of the story, it's about learning to let go and allow yourself to grow. Now whenever my wife is down or in a bad mood, I can just tell her "It's t
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I love the inspirational message that this book gave. The story starts off with trees that have been planted and you begin to see their growth. All the trees begin to grow except, "little tree". The reason little tree doesn't grow is because he is holding onto his leaves. Season after season, little tree continues to stay the same and never change. The woodland animals begin to ask him "why don't you let your leaves go?" Of course, the ending is simple and encour ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book thinking it would be just another sweet picture book about a tree. I wasn't expecting the message about the need to "let go" in order to grow. Now I want to purchase for my elementary library! A great moral wrapped in a beautiful, simple story.
Charity Yost Reed
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simple story and illustration but big concept--my favorite combo for kiddos.
Katie Schrodt
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Little Tree by Loren Long is a book for all ages. This book speaks to the beauty and pain that comes along with letting go, facing our fears, and moving forward. Little Tree does not want to let go of his leaves. He moves through the seasons hanging on to his brown leaves and stunting his own growth. As he realizes that all of the other trees are growing tall and strong, he finally makes the decision to let go of his leaves. As he lets go he “feels the harsh cold of winter for the first time,” b ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story with a good lesson - in order to grow, you need to be willing to accept change, even if it's scary or uncomfortable. It's a great parable for the kiddos, encouraging them to have new experiences and learn new things.
The illustrations were also charming. The vibrant colors make you want to sit and just look at the pictures for awhile.

Minus points, though, for bad science. This could so easily have been a useful book for cycling through the seasons and what happens in fall -
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-4050
1. This book is about a little tree who is afraid to let go of his leaves. As the seasons continue to change, he learns that he must change with them.
2. 5-8 years, K-3, Lexile: 580L
3. This book would be beneficial to read-aloud as an introduction to seasons or a science lesson about trees. It would also be beneficial for a guidance class about personal growth.
4. Students who like trees could benefit, but I think students who would benefit the most are the ones who show fear of change or have be
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preschool thru 1st grade
Little Tree loved the cozy comfort of his leaves in the forest; they kept him cool on hot days. But as summer turned into autumn, he realized that he didn’t want his leaves to fall like all the other trees. Little Tree hugged his leaves even tighter. As winter approached the animals in the forest reminded him that his leaves needed to drop. Oh no! Drop his leaves? But what will he do without the protection of his leaves? Little Tree noticed that everything in the forest, including other saplings ...more
Heather Stigall
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pb, fiction, reviewed
Little Tree likes life just the way it is. But the seasons change and life moves on. For everyone but Little Tree, that is. Little Tree hugs his leaves tightly and refuses to change, despite words of encouragement from his forest friends. As the rest of the forest grows around him, Little Tree is faced with an important decision. You’ll have to read this yourself to see if and how Little Tree comes to terms with change. Loren Long’s beautiful illustrations capture the beauty of the seasons and m ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Ohioana Library Award Juvenile Literature

Fall is the PERFECT time to read this book. It's about a Little Tree who hugs his leaves tight, when it's time for them to fall. This happens for a couple of years, until one day ...

Super Cute!
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: change and tree requests
Shelves: fable, picture-book, trees
A little tree is scared of change and will not let go of its leaves, until it realizes it has been left behind. Doesn't quite work because the tree would have died, but enjoyable as a fable of change.
A beautiful, simple story about knowing when it's time to let go so you can grow.
Liza Nahas
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good one for all of us to learn that to grow, we must let go of the past and accept what's to come next.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
The artistry, the simple little story all rolled into to a wonderful book.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
We discovered this book through Emily Arrow's wonderful "Storytime Singalong" album - and you can check out the accompanying video for her Little Tree song here:

Things I loved about this book: the beautiful soft illustrations of the Little Tree, the trees around him (and that they were all different and real types of trees, judging by the leaves!) and of course the adorable animal families that realistically wander in and out of the scenes. I also did like the main p
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is creative.

Main character is a tree, it is not so easy to illustration , and they managed it.

Although it is a topic that was often written, the Book described fear from a whole new perspective.

Some books would tell kids, the best way to conquer fear is be brave... not sure if that is the best way, if you are rave, blah blah blah. While my perspective is more like the one in this book. Especially for female, based o statistical data and due to difference in hormone between male and
Adrith Bicchieri
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autumn-storytime
This is a sweet little story, so appropriate for the season - with a really profound lesson. How can you grow if you don't let go? I love everything about this book - the story, the art, Little Tree's little friends, all of it.

I had added this picture book to my "Want to Read" last year, but only came across it again today when I was gathering books to send to another branch. Needless to say, this one stayed on my desk, in hopes that some small fry will come into the library and want a storytime
Dimity Powell
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-lit
An eloquent tale about being yourself, letting go, embracing change and allowing yourself to grow into your full potential. Young readers will love Little Tree and his adorable reluctance to abandon his first dressing of leaves. This tale is rather akin to a child having to eventually surrender a beloved toy, their comforter, pacifier or even thumb. But it offers so much more in remarkably subtle and simple detail. It's also a lovely expression of the changing seasons and woodland tree species, ...more
I have no idea where this book came from or how it came to be in my house. I'm assuming a teacher gave it to one of my kids, but my daughter asked me to read it to her before bed. It was so beautiful! Not only a simple book about the changing of seasons, but also a poignant book about being afraid of change and the unknown. The lesson that just because something was good and served the tree well for a season but became detrimental when he tried to hold on when it was time to let go is a powerful ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet little picture book. The story of a young tree who refuses to "lose" his leaves when fall comes, thinking he's made the right decision. As the years pass, all the trees around him are cycling and growing...maybe it wasn't the right decision.
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is a charming illustrated story of a tree who refuses to change and loses the chance to grow. It ends happily, although the cynic in me thinks the tree would have been doomed once it was under the canopy.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars I LOVE LOVE LOVE The illustrations. I liked the story but it wasn't a love thing. I like the message of it is okay to grow, and the future is uncertain so just shed your leaves and take a risk. (Easier said than done)
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has a neat message about being a late-bloomer.

A little tree is not keeping up with the changing of the seasons like the other, different trees around him. But he eventually comes into his own, in his own time.

The illustrations are wonderful.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
a beautiful book about learning to let go, and grow and change. Three stars for the story, but four stars for the art.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Beautifully illustrated tale of letting go in order to grow.
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I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky in the 1970’s. We had no artists of any kind in the family. We didn’t know any artists. I liked sports, especially baseball. My mother read to me a lot. But I have to admit, my favorite subject in school was gym class. I also liked to draw. My parents encouraged me to keep drawing.
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