BOOK REVIEW - And the Trees Talked Back by Frederick J. Burns
Book Title: And the Trees Talked Back by Frederick J. Burns
Category: Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 48 pages
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Frederick J. Burns
Release date: Nov 4, 2023
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.
Meet Amanda, an extraordinary child with a unique gift — she can talk to trees.
Living in a quaint village with a mystical forest, Amanda's life takes an enchanting turn when she seeks out her inquisitive cat, Daisy. As the sun sets and the moonlight casts its glow, the duo embark on a thrilling night-time adventure.
As Amanda encounters ancient trees, she uncovers a world she never knew existed, where wisdom and acceptance coexist with fear and hatred. Amidst the rustling leaves and haunting shadows, she confronts the duality of nature, discovering the true meaning of good and evil. Her bonds with nature deepen and she learns to navigate the world where choices shape destinies.
And The Trees Talked Back is a heartwarming tale of wonder, friendship, and self-discover that will captivate readers of all ages.
And the Trees Talked Back is the story of a unique child
named Amanda with a special gift. She can talk to the trees. Amanda lives in a
quaint village with a mystical forest. Amanda’s life takes an enchanting turn one
night when she searches for her very curious cat, Daisy. Using the moonlight, the duo embarks on a
thrilling night-time adventure.
As Amanda encounters ancient trees, she uncovers a world unknown
to her. A world where acceptance and wisdom coexist with fear and hatred. On
her adventure she confronts the duality of nature as she discovers the true
meaning of good and evil. Her bonds with nature deepen when she learns to navigate
the world where choice shape destinies.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think it will appeal to all
audiences. The illustrations are perfect and truly bring the story to life. I
enjoyed meeting each tree and feel like their personalities played well off one
another. What I love most about this book is the underlying message. Living in the
PNW, I love being amongst nature and am thankful I don’t have far to go!
The author does an excellent job of sending an important
message from a perspective I’ve not read that often. I hope to read more from
this author as well as see this style grow.
Burns, always an artist on the inside, breaks through his trial attorney exterior at age 63, to write and illustrate his first children’s book, AND THE TREES TALKED BACK. Three years in the making, Burns strives to convey a world where commonalities are more important than differences, where empathy is more important than distain and where making friends is more important than creating enemies. With no formal art training, Burns enjoys working in and learning new mediums and styles. His art has won awards in juried competitions, been displayed on billboards, in government offices, the D’Amour Museum of Fine Art, and now graces the cover of Dave Brinnel's second CD, ALONE. His detailed illustrations of trees using pen and ink with washes of watercolor have been compared to the fantastical illustrations of Arthur Rackham and Maurice Sendak. Burns lives in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts with his wife, Heather and two dogs, where he is developing ideas for his next book.
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