The Little Tree


By Mượn Thị Văn / Illustrations by JoAnn Adinolfi

★ Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
★ Publishers Weekly Starred Review
★ Children's Book Council Hot Off The Press Selection
★ Los Angeles Times Holiday Books List Selection
★ National Geographic Learning Program Selection

"Full of gentle rhythm and repetition, this deceptively simple, layered poetic tale will charm its way into readers’ hearts and begs to be read over and over again."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"A small tree, dwarfed by taller trees in a dwindling forest, makes the difficult decision to send her seed away, so that it may flourish where she cannot. This tough, affecting premise becomes even more so when Van, in an author’s note, ties the story to her own family’s exodus from Vietnam and to the broader difficulties facing immigrant or refugee families . . . The idea that letting someone go can sometimes be the best way to love them isn’t an easy one to share with children (or parents, for that matter), but Van and Adinolfi do so with grace and aplomb."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)