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A Story of Becoming
     

A Story of Becoming

5.0 9
by Belle Crow duCray (Illustrator), Ayn Cates Sullivan PH.D.
 

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Readers' Favorite - Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Unseen, unaware, a seed lies deep within the soil. A Story of Becoming by Ayn Cates Sullivan PhD is a seed's journey of self-discovery. The seed reaches toward the light and breaks the surface into a beautiful majestic world of wonder. Observing the world creates times of self-reflection and transformation. As the seedling grows and matures, she becomes more in tune with her surroundings, finding harmony in nature. However, as she continues to develop, she questions her purpose in the meadow. Why was she created? What is she becoming? When the storms of life alter the world as she knows it, she gains further understanding of her future and destiny. Renewed, refreshed and full of life, she gives of herself generously, multiplying her goodness for generations to come.

Ayn Cates Sullivan's A Story of Becoming reveals the miracle of life. This allegorical narrative may be diminutive in pages, but it is extensive in meaning. Elements of truth buried beneath the surface of the narrative resemble the nutrients held within the soil that nourishes nature's fauna. I read it several times, discovering hidden gems of understanding each time. Sullivan's writing style is sensory, simplistic, and eloquently imaginative. Belle Crow DuCray's artwork illustrates the story beautifully, bringing depth and animation to Sullivan's words. The fantasy fable's theme echoes the unique purpose of life. Its mood is magical; nuances of awe, child-like innocence, and the wonderment of creation meld together masterfully. Sullivan creates balance in the narrative by portraying the challenges of life with the fortitude to overcome by becoming who you are destined to be. A Story of Becoming will inspire both young and mature with its timeless message.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988453722
Publisher:
Infinite Light Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2015
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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A Story of Becoming 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Unseen, unaware, a seed lies deep within the soil. A Story of Becoming by Ayn Cates Sullivan PhD is a seed’s journey of self-discovery. The seed reaches toward the light and breaks the surface into a beautiful majestic world of wonder. Observing the world creates times of self reflection and transformation. As the seedling grows and matures, she becomes more in tune with her surroundings, finding harmony in nature. However, as she continues to develop, she questions her purpose in the meadow. Why was she created? What is she becoming? When the storms of life alter the world as she knows it, she gains further understanding of her future and destiny. Renewed, refreshed and full of life, she gives of herself generously, multiplying her goodness for generations to come. Ayn Cates Sullivan's A Story of Becoming reveals the miracle of life. This allegorical narrative may be diminutive in pages, but it is extensive in meaning. Elements of truth buried beneath the surface of the narrative resemble the nutrients held within the soil that nourishes nature’s fauna. I read it several times, discovering hidden gems of understanding each time. Sullivan’s writing style is sensory, simplistic, and eloquently imaginative. Belle Crow DuCray’s artwork illustrates the story beautifully, bringing depth and animation to Sullivan’s words. The fantasy fable’s theme echoes the unique purpose of life. Its mood is magical; nuances of awe, child-like innocence, and the wonderment of creation meld together masterfully. Sullivan creates balance in the narrative by portraying the challenges of life with the fortitude to overcome by becoming who you are destined to be. A Story of Becoming will inspire both young and mature with its timeless message.
PatriciaReding More than 1 year ago
A Story of Becoming, by Ayne Cates Sullivan, brilliantly illustrated by Belle Crow DuCray, is an inspirational journey that begins with a seed buried below the earth’s surface. As things warm, the seed bursts forth. It grows to discover beauty around it, experiences the desire to be like others, feels the need for continued sustenance, and thinks of ways it might be useful. The now small plant also suffers when deer choose her branches to chew, and when winter sets in. She wants to hide away, as do many of us when hardship visits, but she eventually finds the encouragement of other plants around her. With the return of spring, she experiences a new desire for living and a new purpose. Even then, difficulties come, this time leaving behind scars. But the plant, now a full-grown apple tree, finds her purpose, offering her gifts to others. In time, she comes to be known as the miracle tree for those who seek healing. This inspirational journey mirrors life. Times of joy and times of pain often come back-to-back. Neither lasts forever, but both, remarkably, serve a purpose in one’s life journey. With A Story of Becoming, Ayne Cates Sullivan offers readers a realistic view of life’s ups and downs, always hinting at a hope for the future—a hope that is portrayed engagingly and lovingly in Belle Crow DuCray’s exquisite illustrations. A copy of the Literary Classics 2015 Gold Medal Winner for inspirational/picture books, A Story of Becoming, would be welcomed by anyone who seeks encouragement and searches for her purpose.
Suzybobcat More than 1 year ago
This profound, modern fable offers a hopeful message that each of us are becoming who we are meant to be. Ayn Cates Sullivan has reached deep within her soul's wisdom and pulled out a true golden apple of wisdom to nourish our hearts. I love the way this high quality book feels to the touch, the incredibly beautiful, magical illustrations and most of all, the encouragement I feel when I read it. We can't force the bloom in our lives. Ayn's story reminds us that our unique purpose of being will unfold beautifully and naturally, in a way that deeply benefits not only ourselves, but all living creatures. I'm looking forward to reading and gifting this heirloom treasure for all my life!
Fernando Camargo More than 1 year ago
The book “A Story of Becoming” has touched me! It talks about the life trajectory of a young seed, which wants to be a beautiful tree, having its place in the sun. It is a fantastic and sensitive story that delights children and adults. Ayn Cates Sullivan describes, in a poetic and symbolic way, the path of our lives as well as the battle for happiness; she talks about our limitations and difficulties, our desires, our fears, all beautifully illustrated by drawings of the talented Belle Ducray. The story reminds us how important love, compassion and freedom are; she gives us the strength to never give up and the hope to believe that we can create magic in our lives and that we all deserve a place in the sun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Story of Becoming by Ayn Cates Sullivan I've read and retread this book many times. Each time I receive a different gift. The illustrations by the artist, Belle Crow Du Cray, makes each page come alive. The messages in this book are universal and you and your children will have your own personal experiences as I have. Buy the book. It's magical and inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took time off for myself and read your book, A Story of Becoming. Tears streamed down my cheeks and the sweetness and light of the golden apples brought a delicate sweetness into my heart. It is so beautiful! Beyond words. A rare gift if healing to the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of becoming is the confirmation that everything that we can see inside of us is possible to reflect on the outside. A beautiful seed that grows to become the magnificence that he is to begin with. This book is made for everyone who goes through this journey with all the obstacles and challenges and yet is destined to be flowering like a beautiful tree. It's an enrichment. A huge one.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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 the dewdrops she grows in anticipation of the possibilities hidden within her.   While still very small, some of her leaves and branches are eaten by animals.  Despite the set-back, 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, by Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D. is a beautiful tale that will resonate with readers young and old.  This is a story which speaks on many levels to the hearts of readers who will relate to the hopes, fears and dreams of the apple tree as she struggles to survive and fulfill her purpose.  Exquisite illustrations provide the perfect backdrop for the words penned in this lovely book which is sure to become a favorite among readers of all ages.