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The Divine Pine
By Tracy M. Novembre, Stephen Adams
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It was some time ago, but I can remember The twenty-third day in the month of December. I was on my way to purchase a tree; What an exciting event this adventure would be!
But the news flash warned—"We're all in for a storm, Head home, everyone; stay safe and stay warm!" A blizzard, they said, was heading our way And wouldn't let up at least for a day.
So I took the advice, and I scurried away, To my safe and warm home, I'd be certain to stay.
But now what to do? I haven't a tree, And my holiday gifts will have no place to be.
No time for that matter; my disappointment would go, For the storm was approaching, The strong winds would blow.
The snow fell like cotton balls down from the sky! I was somewhat scared, but I didn't cry, For outside my home stood a towering pine, Its branches protecting; I knew I'd be fine.
So I popped some corn and began the night, There was a knock at the window— I turned on the light.
It was my friend Mr. Blue Jay, who asked that he stay In my towering pine tree until the next day. His nest seemed to wither in the blustery storm; His family was in need of a place to stay warm.
"Of course you can stay here! Your family too— It's safe, and I'll make sure to take good care of you."
So in the great branches his family slept, "Oh, how can we thank you?" the Blue Jays all wept. "I am happy to help out, my dear Blue Jay friend,
You're all welcome to stay till the storm meets its end."
The next thing I knew, I was called to the door, It was Roxy Raccoon and her family of four. "Oh, help if you can, and please if I may, Take shelter in your great pine—my den blew away! There's no more place for my children and me, Can we all seek refuge in your magnificent tree?"
"Why of course, my dear friends, Make yourselves quite at home. With the Blue Jay family, you won't be alone! I'm glad I am home to help all those in need, To provide you with shelter, love, comfort, and feed."
So Roxy got cozy with her children in view, She called to the others who needed help too. The cardinals, the squirrels, barn swallows, the crow- They all took up shelter to wait out the snow.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I teach second grade CCD and I purchased and read this story to the children of my class right before Christmas to show them that sharing or thinking of others is more important than only thinking of yourself. The book really held their attention and they all loved the pictures. I will be looking for more of Tracy's books in the future.
Inspiring! What a wonderful book for children and adults alike. It truly captures the essence/rewards of giving and having a big heart. A simple but much forgotten value to be shared and cherished. The way in which it was written (rhyme) also makes it fun. Looking forward the next book from this talented new author.
Truly a beautifully written, heartwarming children's story about the gift of giving! Anyone, at any age, will appreciate the true message within this book! I am a Mom as well as a Teacher of elementary age children and I really enjoyed this book. The Author chose a unique style of writing in rhyme and the illustrations are lovely and colorful too.
I loved this book! From the first sentence to the last, The author captures your attention with this well written, heartwarming, and beautifully rhymed story. The message of giving of yourself freely was warmly delivered by the human and animal characters throughout the book. Young or old it's a great read.