“When Luigi, the homebody leaf, decides to take a giant step and explore beyond the boughs of his comfort zone, the world opens to him. With the encouragement of the evergreen sage, Luigi puts his fears aside, and lets the breeze carry him far and wide. Luigi’s journey comes alive through Trish Trinco’s gentle rhymes. Bryan Langdo’s bold illustrations show us that branching out isn’t so scary if we know the warmth and safety of home and friends are only a whiff of wind away. “
– Bev Denor, LaDeDa Books, Manitowoc, WI
“THE LEAF THAT WOULDN’T LEAVE is a sweet children’s book that teaches there is a time for everything.”
– Bob Spear, The Book Barn, Leavenworth, KS
“Children’s books with an inspirational message can be difficult to ‘pull off,’ but Trinco manages to do it, and the result is a special book that is worth keeping in the family library…… Children will be inspired by Luigi, and it just might make it a little bit easier for them to take a chance on change. The illustrations are delightful and will keep the kids coming back to read THE LEAF THAT WOULDN’T LEAVE again and again.”
– Andrea Sisco, Minneapolis Author Insight Examiner *
The dentist. A visit to the hospital. Kindergarten. A move. It takes incredible courage to welcome life’s changes with open arms. THE LEAF THAT WOULDN’T LEAVE explains to young readers that it is natural to feel apprehensive when facing a new experience and that making a leap of faith into the unknown has its own rewards.
The book’s hero, Luigi, is the last colorful leaf on the tree and feels anxious about leaving the familiarity of his branch. Luigi ultimately takes a chance and discovers an amazing world waiting for him beyond the borders of his beloved backyard. Luigi inspires children to embrace change and look for the joy and satisfaction that comes with new opportunities and experiences.
Publisher Brett Waldman is “thrilled to welcome author Trish Trinco and illustrator Bryan Langdo to the TRISTAN family. The collaboration process has been exciting, and we look forward to sharing THE LEAF THAT WOULDN’T LEAVE with our readers.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR
Trinco’s love for children’s stories began when she was a child herself in Minot, North Dakota. After every visit from the Bookmobile in summertime, Trish and her sisters would settle under their family’s big willow tree in the backyard to read each exciting new story.
Trish continued to nurture her writing skills in Creative Writing classes and by working in her local library while in high school. She attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, studying radio broadcasting. Throughout the years Trish enjoyed opportunities to interact with young readers as she worked in the broadcasting field in cities across the country including Minneapolis, San Francisco, Dallas and Denver.
THE LEAF THAT WOULDN’T LEAVE is Trish’s first published title and is inspired by a brave little yellow leaf that flew into her car window one sunny autumn afternoon.
Trish Trinco lives in Colorado Springs with her shaggy dog Maggie and her parakeet Luciano.
Bryan Langdo, Illustrator
As a young boy, Langdo studied with author/illustrator Robert J. Blake, where he learned about drawing, design, and the whole book making process. It was during this time that the seeds were planted for Langdo to create his own books someday.
After high school, Langdo attended The Art Student’s League of New York. There he studied life drawing, first with Jack Henderson, and then with Michael Burban. He also studied painting with Harvey Dinnerstein. Langdo’s first published book was The Dog Who Loved the Good Life, and the latest addition to his collection of illustrated works is THE LEAF THAT WOULDN’T LEAVE.
Langdo lives in Upstate New York with wife, Nikki, and their son Oliver.