Audio Book Version
A Story of Becoming. A young seed germinates in the forest before unfurling and finding her way through the rich dark soil of the earth. As she becomes a young seedling she stretches toward the sunlight, wondering what she will someday become. Nourished by dewdrops, she grows in anticipation of the possibilities hidden within her. While still slight, some of her leaves and branches are eaten by animals. Despite the setback, she grows and matures until one day she discovers her purpose . . . she is an apple tree. She delights in being an apple tree; but over time she continues to encounter hardships, some of which are seemingly insurmountable.
A Story of Becoming is an enlightening tale of self-discovery and realization, brilliantly depicted through the life and lens of an apple seed as it journeys through the wondrous yet sometimes painful experience of existence. Coupled with soulful, hand drawn illustrations of great beauty and depth, it will captivate the heart and touch the soul of both children and adults alike.
It has been an Amazon Best Selling Book.
Winner of 18 Literary Awards including Golds with Nautilus, Reader's Favorite, Literary Classics, Mom's Choice, Paris Book Festival and, London Book Festival.
I appreciated the illustrations more than the reading… something you'd wish to read to children to inspire thoughts like 'beauty is not in appearance but in good actions'
Uplifting and inspiring. A beautiful book! Both the story and the artwork are lovely! The miraculous circle of life is presented both sensitively and authentically, warts and all, while cleverly demonstrating the interconnectedness of all forms of life.
This book is pure nourishment for the soul and the eyes. The story about being who you are meant to be, despite hurts and pain, is beautifully told. The illustrations, exquisite. I spent ages just looking at them - pieces of art on each page. My 5 year old daughter also loves looking at the illustrations, stopping me on each page, as she finds another detail to admire. I have already recommended it to friends whom I know will enjoy its beauty and appreciate its message.
This is a beautiful book with a heart-warming short story of the growth and life of an apple tree with a hint of magic. I think it would make a perfect read-together book for a primary school aged child and an adult where they can explore various themes of change, learn more about the natural world and expand their vocabulary. Equally it is a lovely book for any adult wanting to embrace some positivity whilst enjoying the outstanding illustrations which adorn each and every page.
Eala The Mother Swan By Ayn Cates Sullivan
A young boy named Hugo goes in search of the Eala, the magical swan his grandmother has told him about. He finds her just as she is preparing to fly between the worlds. Circling back down, Hugo climbs on her back and she takes him between the crack of night and day so he can find the songs and colors of his heart and soul.
Illustraited with colourful artwork from Paige Ozma Ashmore. She was born in the South and spent her formative years living in Germany. She credits living near forests and castles as her main inspiration for her art. Steeped in fairy tales and older stories, she learned of bears that could talk, sleeping princesses in old castles and how the woods could hold deep mysteries inside of it. She was further inspired by her exposure to Russian lacquer painting and classic fairytale illustrations. She has taken classes with Ka Graves, Leonie Horwitz, Lisa Albinger and Flora Bowley. She works mainly in acyrlic painting and soft pastel. “I believe that art sings the secret music of the soul and I paint images that awaken the old stories hidden in our bones.” – Paige Ozma Ashmore
Reviews: Fresh off the press, will update with reviews
"In the empowering picture book Eala, a bullied boy learns that magic lives in each human being. In Ayn Cates Sullivan’s bilingual picture book Eala, a magical swan helps a boy to learn the truth about who he is.
Hugo’s grandmother told him stories of Eala, a magical white swan who could teach him much. But Hugo is bullied by his brothers for his belief in magic until he doesn’t know what to think anymore. He just knows that he is different.
Hugo goes to the river while he’s crying. There, swans gather just before their flight among the stars. Eala is moved by Hugo’s tears, and takes him to recover the pieces of his soul that were lost when life was hard and others were unkind. Turning black to blend with the night sky, Eala tells him to remember the ancient magic. Hugo promises to do so, after which the book nods to the constellation Cygnus (the Swan) as a reminder of people’s inner magic.
The book tackles childhood differences in a tactful manner. In its sensitive story, the contrast between Hugo’s mocking, rock-throwing brothers and the gentle, supportive love he receives from his
grandmother, who understands his belief in magic, is strong. With support, Hugo comes to see that he is part of a beautiful universe, and that life itself is magical.
The book’s English and Spanish paragraphs appear on the same page, making it easy for speakers of one language to pick up vocabulary in the other. The text is accessible and consistent in its reading level in both languages. Its descriptions are often poetic: “Mother Swan flapped her great wings and they flew between the crack of night and day.”
Small graphics enliven the pages of text. The book’s colorful artwork has a childlike style, but still portrays the grandeur of the universe well. The smiles on the faces of the sun and moon make the cosmos seem to be a welcoming place, and Hugo’s excitement and joy at realizing that he is part of the majesty he sees around him is palpable. The font is both elegant and easy to read.
In the empowering picture book Eala, a bullied boy learns that magic lives in each human being."
Size: 11"X8" Portrait
[ Hardcover - 978-1947925403]
The Fairy Tree By Hannah May Hocking
This is a story about "Daisy" who discovers a magical tree in her garden and the tale behind it. She learns that no matter how lost or in the dark you are, there will always be a ray of light to guide you home.
HOW HANNAH MAY HOCKING WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE THE FAIRY TREE
Hannah May Hocking was inspired to write and illustrate this book by a tree growing at the bottom of her garden. She had been so unwell, in and out of hospital, unable to leave the house so her garden became her sanctuary. One morning Hannah May Hocking noticed Daisy flowers had grown in the grass overnight. The flowers had formed a path from the house to the tree at the bottom of the garden. The tree was unusual as it had grown with a hole right the way through it.
Hannah May Hocking imagined it to be gateway to another world. A world of fairies who wanted to help us. From that moment she named it the Fairy Tree and began to write the story in this book. She wanted people to know that even at the most scary and darkest times in one's life, if you take a breath and look around you, you will see there is always a tiny ray of light that will guide you to where you need to be.
Mrs S. Jeffs
A lovely book with a delightful tale.
Miss C. Bowdon BA (Hon) Lit
An enchanting and beautiful story.
Beautiful story line and lovely images- all hand drawn. Brought as a gift for my daughter who is a Primary School Teacher.
The fairy tree is a lovely story beautifully illustrated. It’s a simple tail of feeling lost and frightened and finding hope and security. It’s a story passed on through the generations and enjoying exploring the countryside. It’s a delightful little book easy for children to follow and enjoy. It’s great to read with them and inspired us to make our own fairy garden to sit and read stories in. The children look more closely at things around them now when we go for a walk looking at the flowers and trees.
Size: 11"X8" Portrait
[ Hardcover - 978-1947925090 ]