One of the first things that caught my eye when I moved to the Florida Keys was the big Australian pine tree growing out of the old 7 Mile bridge. I asked my friends Tom and Linda about it and they told me that the tree’s name was Fred. Linda lost everything in Hurricane Irma. She told me that when she came back after the evacuation, she saw that Fred the Tree had survived. She knew that if he could survive, so could she. Her story inspired me and began my story of Fred the Tree. The illustrations were cut out of paper using an Xacto knife and then scanned into digital files. 9 months and countless paper cuts later, here is the story of a tree named Fred who gave Floridians hope in a time of loss.