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The Little Tree That Would Not Share
by Nicoletta Costa
Nicoletta Costa, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 7 1/2 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823435494 | 02-15-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Sharing, Friendship, Seasons, Emotions & Feelings, Preschool, Weather
Recommendations: SLJ, K, A

CCSS Codes:
L.2.3, 4, 4a, 4b, 4d, 5, 5a, 6
RF.2.3, 3d, 3e, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
W.2.1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
RL.2.1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10
SL.2.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

About the Book

This spectacular celebration of the seasons and the joys of sharing is perfect for preschoolers.

A tree gets planted in the middle of a big city and sprouts beautiful green leaves in the springtime. The local birds and butterflies are impressed by the tree's pretty foliage, but the little tree doesn't want to share. "Go away!" he tells them.

Summer turns into autumn, and before long the tree notices his leaves are turning yellow. As winter approaches, the leaves dry out one by one and fall to the ground. "I must be very sick," the tree thinks, panicked, as he regrets his selfishness.

Finally the old crow takes pity on the tree and explains the cycle of the seasons. With a sigh of relief, the tree promises to share his branches.


"This versatile Italian import could be used to inspire budding artists, teach seasons, or give a lesson on sharing and can simply be enjoyed as a picture book about a silly tree."—School Library Journal

"Costa has a lovely way with her artwork; she makes the nuance of color, form, and design look childlike and so welcomes readers to take up brushes and paint along with the story. A smart story of good news leading to grace."—Kirkus Reviews

"The ending is inspiring, and its message deeper than a mere injunction to share."—Booklist

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does The Little Tree That Would Not Share change from the beginning to the end of the story? RL.2-3.3

2. What is the lesson of the story? RL.2-3.2

3. Retell the story. Create a story map using pictures and words. RL.2-3.2

4. Go back to the story and use other words in the sentence to figure out the meaning of the following words: luxuriant, shocking, swollen, clever, sprout, unselfish, autumn, overjoyed, distraught. Think of a synonym for each. L.2-3.4, 5