Emily Walters is a sharp, inquisitive fourteen-year-old north Florida girl who loves maps, her rusty old bike, and the forest behind her house. Sometimes her dreams tell her the future and sometimes her waking hours bring wise birds and other spirits into her life. In these three short stories, join Emily in her adventures and mysteries.
When her family vacations in the mountains in “High Country Painter,” a wise Pine Siskin tells her she must quickly learn how to paint dreams into reality to prevent an afternoon hike from becoming a tragedy. In “Map Maker,” she'll need her skills-and the help of a Chuck-will's-widow-to a fight a developer's plans for from bulldozing the sacred forest behind her house and replacing it with a subdivision. In “Sweetbay Magnolia,” she'll learn the secrets of her grandmother's favorite tree, the crumbling almost-forever house down on the river, and why some ghosts would rather visit than haunt.
©2013 Malcolm R. Campbell (P)2013 Malcolm R. Campbell
This is one of the most stunning stories for young people I've ever heard. In fact any adult would love it to. Laced with compassion and empathy this is must listen for every young person. I would think this would make an excellent project for a classroom group listening project or for any program looking for a project centered around social and emotional learning. The three books take us through a journey with young Emily as she awakens to the world of Nature and magic and her own personal strength. I chose it for my young niece and we listened together. It will be a special memory for us forever and she plans to hand it down to her daughter someday.
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