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A Child's Life In Trees.

A Child's Life In Trees

Deanna Scelzo, author

Dan Smith, illustrator

Mirror Publishing

9781612254197, $12.99, PB, 26pp,

"A Child's Life in Trees" is a woman's lovely poetic tribute to the stabilizing, inspiring, protective presence of trees in her environment as she was growing up. Evocative, descriptive lines of verse pair with sensitive paintings of the girl experiencing changing seasons in the presence of her guardians, the trees.

Over time, and looking back as an adult, the girl's view of trees changes: "They defined my space and offered protection,/ Unbeknownst to me, they were my playground,/ In my youth, I took them for granted,/ Unselfishly giving of themselves so profound./ My view of the world is different now,/ I look at those trees and now I see,/ Not a wall blocking the world,/ But the life they gave to me."

"A Child's Life in Trees" invites readers to explore their friends the trees using their imaginations. As a reminiscence, it has appeal for adult audiences as well as juvenile. It also emphasizes the protective role that trees can play for humans as well as creatures.

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Date:Dec 1, 2019
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