This book begins with unique wing-shaped maple seeds being carried by the wind away from their parent tree so that they will not have to compete for important nutrients in the soil. This process illustrates the importance of pollination and plants' dependence on insects and the wind for reproduction. Readers are taken through each season, learning how seeds lie dormant in the winter and then experience their full growth period in the spring and summer seasons. This reinforces the concept that plant life cycles are affected by the cycle of the seasons. Children learn that tree growth is a slow process, occurring over many years, and that the growth continues more slowly during a maple tree's adulthood. The closing pages include a wonderfully clear and concise graphic of a maple tree's life cycle, plus fun facts and a glossary.