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SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 305 x 230 mm / 12 x 9 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages | Ages 4 - 9

A Gentle Story of Love and Loss

The fifth book in the popular ‘Lessons of a LAC’ series, Tree will help children to learn how to say goodbye and process grief. Tree is the much-loved centrepiece of the community. But one day Curly and Loppy notice that Tree’s leaves are starting to fall — at the wrong time of year — and Tree’s bark is flaking. It’s Tree’s time to leave. Fortunately Curly is able to teach Loppy how to accept that Tree is leaving, say goodbye, and commemorate Tree’s life.

Author: Lynn Jenkins
Illustrator: Kirrili Lonergan


Tree helps children to understand some things they can do when they are faced with a loss or change. Loppy has a beloved friend called Tree. His confidante and comforter, Tree helps Loppy to feel calm when he is stressed and worried. But one day, Loppy and Curly notice that Tree is starting to leave them. Curly gently helps Loppy, as well as the other LACs and Calmsters, to say goodbye to their friend and, eventually, to create a way to keep Tree, and her importance to them, in their memories and lives forever. Tree’s story is a simple and gentle way to explain to children how things change, including losing important members of their world. They will grow up knowing that when they are faced with loss or change, there are options as to how to deal with the feelings that can come up, thereby building their emotional resilience.


• This book is the fifth in a much-loved series that supports social-emotional well-being.

• This book is a must for children, both at home and at school, especially those ones who

• Non-gender specific, and appeals to both a national and international market.

Tree is a gentle story of love and loss which shows that having open conversations with

Tree can be adapted to loss of any type, including loss of a parent, a grandparent, a sibling, a pet, or simply something special to a child.

Lynn Jenkins

Lynn is an author as well as a practising clinical psychologist and mum, Lynn is very passionate about assisting children with social and emotional issues via the platform of picture books and their coinciding school visits.

She wrote Lessons of a LAC, Brave and Perfect Petunias — which are the first, second and third books in a five-book series — to give children a way to think about and manage worry and anxiety.

Kirrili Lonergan

Kirrili Lonergan is a picture book illustrator, art therapist and a former paediatric nurse who relates warmly to the needs of children. She is the illustrator for the Lessons of a LAC picture book series and the co-creator of the Lessons of a LAC anxiety management package. She has numerous other titles including the Healthy Harold preschool books for Life Ed Early Years Learning Program, supporting health, safety and emotional well-being in children. She was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology of Australia Awards in 2018 for 'Ollie's Treasure' and 2022 for 'But I'm NOT Hungry for my Dinner.'

Together, Lynn and Kirrili visit schools to present the Lessons of a LAC Workshops. These workshops extend the lessons in the picture books and leave children with a clear understanding of what anxiety is and a tool-belt of skills to manage it. They believe that EARLY INTERVENTION is the key.

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Reading Time – Children’s Book Council of Australia
Great tool!

It’s easy to become frustrated when things don’t turn out quite right, and this book is a great resource to help little people understand their feelings and how to deal with them. It also shows adults a positive way to respond to help their little person.