Observing a maple tree over time, children get a clear picture of what trees do and how seasons change. In summer, the tree is shown sunbathing and brimming with animal life. With autumn comes the flowing sap that makes maple syrup for pancakes. As winter approaches, the tree's leaves begin to fall, and it becomes nearly dormant. The beautiful photographs and simple text introduce young readers to the wonders of each season and encourage them to look closer at the natural world around them.