Leo’s Tree Share this with a friend

by Debora Pearson
illustrated by Nora Hilb

The Year’s Best List, Resource Links Top 20 Canadian Picture Books, Maclean’s Magazine Our Choice List, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

The gentle tale of a baby boy and the tree planted in honor of his birth.

When Leo is born, his father plants a tree—a scratchy, branchy linden tree. Soon Leo is growing hair and the tree is sprouting buds, the first of many delightful changes that boy and tree experience during their early years together. As the seasons change, Leo and his tree continue to grow strong and true.

Then, when a baby sister joins the family, her tender new sapling is planted next to Leo’s sturdy tree.

Debora Pearson has created a gentle and heartwarming tale. Softly illustrated by Nora Hilb, this is a story for growing young children and their parents to cherish and share for years to come.


“Short and satisfying to read aloud, this will have wide appeal.”

“[A] peaceful, satisfying offering.”
—School Library Journal

“Simple yet profound . . . will be much appreciated by new parents, as well as by preschoolers”
—Quill & Quire

“It is the perfect book to introduce the seasons to very young children. An excellent addition for both school and daycare libraries.”
—Resource Links

“Sure to be a favorite of children and the adults who love them.”
—Halifax Chronicle-Herald

“Debora Pearson has a knack for simple, evocative language. Perfect for kids 3 and under.”

“An uplifting family tale that makes an enjoyable read for both parents and children. The rhythmic language, warm watercolors and cyclical storyline combine to make this book a success. (It would also be helpful for families preparing a young one to welcome a sibling). Highly recommended.”
—CM Reviews


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