TREE SO TALL A Storybook Series
By "Grandma Jeanie"
by A. Jean Triplett, Illustrator, Connie McCallister Jordan
A. Jean Triplett's Children's story "Tree So Tall" is designed to teach her young readers important lessons about grief and renewal. The story centers on two trees, Little Tree and Twin, who share a trunk and are best friends. But then one day, during a ferocious storm, Twin is struck by lightning and ripped off the trunk.
Little Tree is devastated. He does not know where Twin has gone or what he will do for companionship in his absence. Thankfully, as Little Tree is pondering what to do, a red fox named Blaze happens by and offers to help. Soon, Blaze comes back with some of his other friends, who all join in the search for Twin. Although they are unable to find Twin, the animals do teach Little Tree important lessons about friendship. I think you will agree this book has a happy ending for Little Tree, who learns to be a "Tree So Tall".
The instructive nature of Triplett's manuscript may help it to have a wide appeal amongst parents. The stong descriptions that she utilizes in"Tree So Tall" will invite readers to be drawn into scenes and to feel as if they know the characters.
This story addresses the important issue of persevering, even when life is difficult and sadness is great.
I am a former Children's Camp Director with a background in advertising. I love writing, gardening, outdoor activities, and of course my grandchildren; Jared, Alex and Noah, who call me "Grandma Jeanie." I have two sons Steve and Derrick and also I had a son Donny, who passed away at age 18. This book project has really been fun because my cousin Connie helped me by doing the illustrations. We mailed art work back and forth from Ravenswood to Morgantown, and also some was sent by email attachment, until finally "Tree So Tall" was ready. We will be doing the next book together as well. Blurb site has been especially helpful in getting this book into the hands of young readers. Considering how much money a person can spend just getting one book to press, it is the best tool a first time author could hope for. Plus, it gives a format for learning by seeing what else is out there, allowing you to preview their work, and receive comments back and forth.
TREE SO TALL, A Storybook Series Published May 24, 2008