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Pine and the Winter Sparrow

by Alexis York Lumbard

Other authors: Beatriz Vidal (Illustrator)

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I love Native American stories and Alexis York Lumbard has done a wonderful job retelling the story of why Pine trees stay green all year in her children’s book, Pine and the Winter Sparrow.

Although little Sparrow is injured he remains positive and continues to sing his happy song daily as a tribute to the Creator. Because of his injury, Sparrow cannot fly south to warmer weather like his fellow birds, so he's left behind to find his own shelter from the cold and snowy winter.

As Sparrow goes from tree to tree - Oak, Maple, Elm, etc. - he's rudely rejected by each of them. Finally, Pine gives Sparrow the shelter he needs to get through the winter. Sparrow is so securely nestled within Pine’s boughs; he's fully healed by the time his friends and family return in spring. When the Creator hears how Pine allowed Sparrow to take shelter in his branches, and how rude the other trees were, he declares that from then on only Pine will remain green throughout the year.

I loved this book. The pictures are charming, colorful and are sure to capture the attention of children. Pine and the Winter Sparrow would be a wonderful book to share at nap time, circle time, bedtime or during reading time at the library. Teachers, parents, grandparents and caregivers should definitely include this book in their book collection. ( )
  ebookreviewgal | May 18, 2015 |
Alexis York Lumbard retells an old Native American legend in Pine and Winter Sparrow. Sparrow is hurt and cannot fly off with his family for the winter. He tries to find shelter in an oak tree, a maple tree, an elm tree, an aspen tree, but all of these trees send him on his way with a cruel reproach. It is Pine who reaches out to Sparrow and offers him refuge. "If you don't mind my sticky branches and needle-sharp leaves, then all that I am and all that I have is yours." The Creator notes, "Those of you who have so much shared nothing. But the one who had so little shared everything." To reward Pine for his kindness to Sparrow, the Creator makes Pine evergreen. Oh my. I loved this little story of the willingness of a flawed creature to give despite its flaws. And with trees as main characters. ( )
  debnance | Jan 24, 2015 |
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"Have you ever wondered why pine trees stay green all winter long and don't lose their leaves like other trees? According to an ancient legend attributed to the Cherokee Indians, it was a simple act of kindness towards an injured little bird that earned pine trees this very honor. Retold by award-winning author Alexis York Lumbard, this story invites readers to experience a world where trees and birds speak and interact with each other, and which shows us that no act of kindness and sharing goes unrewarded. Featuring beautiful paintings by multiple award-winning illustrator Beatriz Vidal, you will never look at pine trees in the same way again!"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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