When the Wind Blows

When the Wind Blows


Text & illustrations: Todd Stewart


Two pine trees standing in a forest have a conversation, a young tree and a mature tree. The old one explains to the other how the wind helps them to live and grow, but also how it can tear trees apart. Over time, the young pine gains confidence in itself and becomes aware of its own destiny. With this conversation of a philosophical nature that spreads over years, perhaps even decades, Todd Stewart tells us a story about time that passes, about the trials and joys of living. He offers us a poetic take on the cycle of life.




  • This edition

    ISBN 978-2-924332-55-9

    Released on October 22nd, 2019

    24.1 × 31.75 cm
    48 pages — Hardcover
    5+ years

  • Reviews

    “To humanize the whole subject of the book, Stewart chose to connect a young tree who has everything to learn and an older one for whom the end of the journey draws near. These two trees, which are shown here tossed by the wind, inhabited by birds and squirrels, lose their leaves in the fall and regain life in the spring. They participate in the life of the forest, in this great ecosystem that brings us together.’’

    Marie Fradette, Le Devoir


    “Philosophical, poetic and contemplative, this book is about wind and trees, of course, but it is mostly about life and living beings. It deals with the process of renewal and with intergenerational legacies, with the strength that comes out of them. The illustrations by Todd Stewart are sublime. They were made by using the silkscreen printing process.”
    Éléna Laliberté, Les libraires

    “Stewart’s unique style shows trees dancing to the rhythm of the wind and of seasons. He portrays them as true forces of nature facing the elements. Children will enjoy observing the details here, from animals living in the trees to changes in the sky which evolves according to the weather and time of the year. A picture book to read slowly.”

    “M'as-tu vu? M'as-tu lu?”, Lurelu

  • Éditions étrangères

    Chine (simplifié) — Tianjin Dang Dang Kewen

    Corée — Dongsim

    USA/Canada — Owlkids Books