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Pine and the Winter Sparrow Retold by Alexis York Lumbard

Pine and the Winter Sparrow is the retelling of a Native American tale about why trees lose their leaves in the winter.  Winter is coming and Sparrow’s wing is hurt, making it impossible for him to travel south with his family.  He convinces his family that he will be fine and that they should leave without him. Once alone, Sparrow, cold and shivering, approaches Oak tree asking for help to stay warm in the winter.  Oak rebuffs his attempt and tells him to “go bother someone else.”

Sparrow repeats this request to Maple, Elm and Aspen; all, of whom send him away unkindly.  Snow is beginning to fall and Sparrow is weeping in despair when Pine tree asks him what is wrong.  Sparrow explains his dilemma and Pine offers his branches for the Sparrow’s protection, explaining that his branches are sticky and his leaves sharp but “all that I have is yours.”

When spring returns it finds Sparrow healthy and his family returning from the south excited to see him.  The Creator calls a council and admonishes the trees of the forest for turning away Sparrow in his time of need.  As a reward the Creator informs Pine that he alone will remain green year round for his kindness to Sparrow.

This is an endearing tale of Native American lore that the author over simplifies for her book.  At times the wording is awkward and the flow is inelegant, causing the story to miss the depth of this Native American myth, but it is a worthy beginning.  Beatriz Vidal is a fantastic illustrator using pencil and watercolor to bring depth to the leaves of the trees that Sparrow visits, making them recognizable for both the young and old.

–Lisa Nabel/Dayton Metro Library

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