Sam is a very special girl with strong psychic abilities which she has learned to ignore in order to "fit in." One day, while searching for clarity of mind, she rides her bike into a forest, where she encounters a mystical tree, Taru, with whom she can communicate, and she starts a very rewarding friendship. Over a period of several weeks, Taru leads Sam into one meditation technique at a time, to help her reclaim her voice and find her path in life. This beautiful picture book includes nature photography and website access to meditations that can lead you into a very personal journey of self-discovery.
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This introduction to meditation takes the form of a beautifully imagined, beautifully crafted picture book for teens and young adults. Through the young protagonist, Sam, and her friend Taru, a tree spirit, the reader is first led to understand WHY meditation is helpful, and then, in easy steps, taught HOW to meditate. I call it a picture book in that each page is illuminated by a richly textured, evocative photo or diagram, but "Sam and the Giant Tree" relates to a child's picture book in the way that a graphic novel relates to a comic book. The pictures enrich and instruct without trivializing the message. With all the chatter about pre-teens and teen-agers are over-stressed by the demands of modern education and social interaction, it is wonderful to find a book which can help solve the problem. I would recommend this book for bright junior high students and high-schoolers, particularly ones who are a bit open to fantasy.