The Loneliest Palm Tree

Children - Picture Book
25 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2022
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Author Biography

Cindi Handley Goodeaux lives in Florida with her husband and muse. She is a proud mom, graphic designer wannabe, and sometime poet.

Cindi is also a former professional clown named Giggle Blossom. Her time wearing big shoes and a red nose while entertaining at events and parties influences her writing.

As a lifelong disability advocate, she serves on the board of her employer's disability affinity group, advocating for rights for people with disabilities (PWD) in the workplace and statewide.

She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a professional member of the Cat Writers Association (CWA).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

Kai: The Loneliest Palm Tree by Cindi Handley Goodeaux is a beautifully illustrated and gentle story about friendship. Kai is all alone on her tropical island. She spends her days watching the ocean and her nights wishing on the stars. Her wish is for a friend to share her beautiful island with her. She has some visitors, both human and animal, but they never stay long. Even though she is lonely, she still appreciates her wonderful life. Kai shares the story of how she came to live on the island. Will Kai ever have her wish come true or will she continue to live on her island alone?

Kai is a tender, sweet story. Cindi Handley Goodeaux does well in balancing the two emotions that Kai feels. She is lonely but she still recognizes that her life is terrific. Kids will enjoy repeating the refrain "because life is a wonderful thing." This is a positive mantra for kids to internalize. Goodeaux also introduces some interesting facts about the natural world into her tale. The illustrations by Jack Foster are exquisite. Kai has so much personality with her big eyes in the middle of her trunk, a lei around her neck, and a flower in her hair. The rich saturated colors make you feel like you are on a tropical island. The lyrical quality of Goodeaux's story makes it a perfect fit for bedtime. The gently flowing rhythms will soothe kids and adults alike and will carry you away to a calm, joyful place.

brenda hanson

There's something positive in every situation. I loved this book by Cindi Goodeaux. Kai the palm tree was lonely on that tiny island, yet always found something positive in her situation. What a wonderful lesson for children to hear. Kai was still happy, because life is wonderful. It's a sweet little story, even for grownups!

Sammie Reader

Sweet story! Love Cindi’s writing and Jack’s illustrations. This is such a sweet story about patience and friendship. I definitely recommend this for young kids!


Beautiful and sweet. This is a unique story about a palm tree on an island wishing for a friend. The illustrations are very beautiful. The final page is so sweet and heartwarming.


Fabulous. My favorite Cindi Goodeaux book, yet. I loved it so much. Very musical.

Jan R

Beautiful and heartfelt. This is a beautiful book, with gorgeous illustrations and heartfelt message that will leave little readers smiling.

Ava H.

How beautiful. Very nice story about a lonely palm tree that finally made friends. With friendly illustrations that are also suitable for the very little ones, it can also be used as a good night story. Pedagogically valuable.

BB Reviewer

It's darling. I was actually having a tough morning, and it inspired me as well to keep staying positive.