All from a Walnut

A Picture Book


A moving, multigenerational story about love, family roots, and the cycle of life


ISBN: 9781419750021 Category:

Ammi-Joan Paquette


When Emilia finds a walnut one morning, Grandpa tells her the story behind it: of his journey across the ocean to a new home, with only one small bag and a nut in his pocket.

“I planted my little tree in good brown soil, so it would grow strong here forever.”
“In this house? In
this yard?”
“Shall we go see?”

Step by step, Grandpa teaches Emilia how to cultivate her own seed. But as her little nut grows, Grandpa begins to slow down-until one sad day, Emilia has to say goodbye. Emilia’s sapling looks as droopy as she feels . . . but she knows just what to do.

From acclaimed author and illustrator Ammi-Joan Paquette and Felicita Sala, this tender story is a poignant reminder that the best things grow with time-and that even when they are no longer here, the ones we love are always a part of us.

Additional information

Weight 542 g
Dimensions 24 x 28.7 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 24 March 2022
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Felicita Sala
Dimensions 24 x 28.7 cm
Weight 542 g


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Ammi-Joan Paquette is the author of many books for young readers. After living in many countries all over the world, she has now settled in the Boston area with her family and many towering piles of books. When she looks out of her back windows, all she can see are trees. Her books include The Train of Lost Things and the Two Truths and a Lie series. Felicita Sala is the self-taught illustrator of several picture books, including Be a Tree! by Maria Gianferrari and The Hideout by Susanna Mattiangeli, as well as her own book of recipes for children, What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street? She grew up between Italy and Australia and now lives in Rome, Italy, with her family.