May 31, 2008
“To tree … or not to tree?”
by Lori E. Mazzola
This little book of talking trees, all children – young and old – must read. Packed with wisdom, full of fun, it holds a gift for everyone. Readers will be captivated with the world the author has created. There, a wish lets children fly … and trees can talk, and even cry! The characters, most extraordinary … a very important message carry. From a country home to a big rain forest, Mars and Venus are transported. They carry a secret and a special key, given to them by a weeping tree. But theirs is not the only one … Mom and Dad have secrets, too … so come! Join this special family on a quest to tree … or not to tree!
Connie Arnold’s beautifully expressed poetry plays the heart like a fine violin. Her words then go beyond the music room to display another kind of art … a painting of sincerity and genuine devotion to God, rendered with soft, delicate brush strokes alongside bold splashes of color and life.
Should these heartfelt verses be studied in a poetry class, they might not be found flawless as to rhythm and cadence; their subjects could conceivably be deemed less than profound by scholars and critics. But no student would close this book not having experienced at least one moment of joy and peace.
This is a poetry collection you’ll want to keep at hand for that moment when your heart needs uplifting … those days when you can’t see the sun … the hour when you feel most alone … the time when you desperately need to feel joy and yearn for peace. The author knows where those things can be found, and she leads the way with gentleness, love, and unfailing certainty.
You’ll read this one more than once.