by jackie azúa kramer
illustrated by taia morley
“A beloved tree helps steady a child during a year of financial hardship in this evocative portrait of nature’s grounding rhythms…Washed with fuzzy textures, carefully drafted scenes align with the subtleties of the story’s socioeconomic context. Azúa Kramer and Morley successfully present a sensitive story of hope and rebirth in difficult circumstances.” - Publisher’s Weekly.
In this powerful story of resilience and hope, one girl observes her community through the changing rhythm of each season.
In a town once vibrant but now affected by unemployment and food insecurity, one girl watches the seasons go by. Winter’s rhythm brings hearty soups. Spring’s rhythm brings soft breezes and pale yellow afternoons. Through it all one tree is her steady, generous friend. From acorns and dried leaves, to crocuses, to views of the sky and stars, the tree brings her gifts each season. This soothing and inspiring read uses the rhythms of nature as a metaphor for strength, change, and hope.