Sparrow and the Trees, The

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Sparrow and the Trees, The
The Sparrow family is ready for their trip south for the winter, but Papa’s wing is hurt and he cannot make the trip. He asks the trees for help. One by one, the mighty, leafy trees of the forest say no! Will any of the trees help Papa Sparrow? What will happen to the selfish trees that turned him away? Discover why some trees lose their leaves in winter in this retelling of a Native American pourquoi tale.

This fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 32-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. The Sparrow and the Trees is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Sharon Chriscoe, Illustrated by Susan Detwiler
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: AD 680, AR: 3.60, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781628556339 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628556384 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628556438 $11.95  
EBook 9781628556582 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628556636 Purchase Here
Keywords:   adaptations, basic needs, perseverance, social-emotional skill development, character, fables/folktales, Native American folktale, plants, seasons, migration, evergreens, deciduous, basic needs (plants)
Animals in the book:   sparrow
Vetters:   Thanks to Peter McGowan of the US Fish and Wildlife Service for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.


There is a great deal of text on each page, which matches the oral storytelling tradition. Each tree is personified with a face that is visible in each illustration, and vibrant colors help to capture both the natural scene and also the whimsical quality of the story. - Children's Literature

The book includes additional information about sparrows and trees, and extension activities. The illustrations are crisp and lovely, and the story contains a nice moral. - Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media

The illustrations showing human faces on the trees, the winter wind, and the forest king are also concepts that seem rooted in a Native American consciousness. - Midwest Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Sharon Chriscoe discovered her passion for writing at the age of 32, after watching a litter of stray kittens play on her porch. She is a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature and a member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In addition to The Sparrow and The Trees, Sharon has written The Orchard Grew All Around, Giraffes: World's Tallest Animals, Let's Hibernate, Waterfalls and Geometry, and Ten Different Habitats, Ten Different Families. Sharon lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three grown children. Visit her website at

Susan Detwiler is the illustrator of several books for children including the award-winning books Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story (Giverny Award); After A While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary (NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book); The Sparrow and the Trees; On the Move (NSTA-CBC Outstanding Trade Book); Big Cat, Little Kitty (Mom's Choice Awards Gold); Pandas' Earthquake Escape (Mom's Choice Awards Gold); and One Wolf Howls (Silver Nautilus Book Award) for Arbordale. She is the author/illustrator of Fine Life For A Country Mouse. Susan is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Books have always been a source of joy in her life, and as a child she particularly loved books with beautiful illustrations. Susan was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art and lives with her artist husband in Baltimore. Visit her website.


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