It’s early spring, and Mother Pin Oak enlists the help of her forest family to wake her sleepy sapling

When Mother Pin Oak wakes to crisp, spring air and cannot seem to stir her Little Pin Oak growing beside her, she seeks help from other members of her forest community.

A vole digs tunnels in the soil, enabling nutrients to reach Little Pin’s roots; a melted spring provides the sapling with a refreshing drink; fungi pass on nourishment through their underground network. Little by little their forest family gives as much as it can and then, they wait quietly … until Little Pin stretches the tips of his young limbs wide and lengthens the top of his crown, finally awake and ready for spring!

Lush and lively art brings the forest family to life in this sweetly whimsical story about the wonders of nature. An author’s note in the opening pages explains the author’s discovery of tree families and educational back matter presents more information about trees and age-appropriate further reading suggestions.


"A great springboard for discussion about the quiet workings of the world around us and an encouragement to watchfulness when out in nature."


- Canadian Review of Materials

"An intimate and accurate picture of a natural cycle."

- Kirkus Reviews

"This beautifully illustrated book puts magic and wisdom back into the forest for a child."

- Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of To Speak for the Trees