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Leo's Tree

by (author) Debora Pearson

illustrated by Nora Hilb

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2004
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2004
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2004
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


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.

About the authors

Deborah Pearson, a former children's librarian for the Toronto Public Library, is an award-winning author and editor. She lives in Toronto.

Debora Pearson's profile page

Nora Hilb was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1953. As a child, she loved drawing more than anything else, though she never imagined it would become her profession. Because Nora’s parents were both from Germany, she grew up speaking German, later learning Spanish and English. Young Nora would find inspiration for her pictures in her favorite books, such as Die Wurzelkinder (which is German for The Children of the Roots), several wonderfully illustrated fairy tales (which she read over and over again), and collections of poems and songs by Argentina’s best-known author, María Elena Walsh. Later, she fell in love with the mysteries of Enid Blyton, though she read them in German.After high school, Nora studied to be a kindergarten teacher. Her desire to create, however, remained strong, and she eventually found work drawing for a small company that produced animated films for children. She also met her future husband there. They fled Argentina in 1976 in the wake of

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Editorial Reviews

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

“... peaceful, satisfying offering ...”—School Library Journal

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

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

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

“... 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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