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The Crabapple Tree

Live an Authentic Life
Narrated by: Tom O'Toole Jr.
Length: 13 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 5-7
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Teach kids how to accept and love the differences in all of us! Narrated by the author, The Crabapple Tree is about bravery, courage, and standing up in the face of seemingly insurmountable opposition, criticism, judgment, and invalidation of personal identity. It is about crushed hope that is restored and dreams that were snuffed out being rekindled. It is about the gender-neutral artist who was told over and over again, “You will never amount to anything if you follow your creative heart.” It is about the athletic girl who was told, “You aren’t pretty enough,” or the sensitive boy who was told, “Real men don’t cry.” It is about the non-traditional family with two moms or two dads who are told, “Your union is dishonorable, and you are a threat to my religious liberty.” And it is about me, a gay boy who grew up in a whirlwind of pious legalism, convinced that something was terribly wrong with me. It is a story of hope deferred and a renewed belief in the fulfillment of longing. It is a story that elevates the marginalized and calls forth the ostracized. It is a story about the greatest voice speaking into the hopeless heart saying, “I see you. I made you. I love you. I want you. Never forget that love is love is love.”

©2019 Thomas F. O'Toole, Jr. (P)2019 Thomas F. O'Toole, Jr.

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The Crabapple Tree is a wonderful story for children about overcoming and fighting through loss and being able to stand up for the things on life that provide joy and love.

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My son's favorite audiobook!

This is very nice audiobook, my son loves it and likes to say …. an apple is an apple is an apple, every time he listen to it! Great job! Would recommend to anyone!