The Birthday Tree
Author: Paul Fleischman
Illustrator: Barry Root
Having lost three sons to the sea, a sailor and his wife decide to live on land, far away from the sea. When their fourth son Jack is born in the new home, the couple plants an apple tree to honor his birth. As Jack grows taller, so does the tree. Over time, Jack and apple tree becomes very close friends. But one day the couple awake to find Jack’s bed empty. When they see a gull perched on top of the tree, they realize that their Jack has run away to sea.
Publisher: Candlewick Press (USA)