This mystical literary production highlights decades of contemporary books with ancestral stories, myths, and legends about the existential coexistence between man and nature. A theme aided by the beauty of nature helps construct the fraternity between the plant world and human kind. Just as Shel Silverstein developed in his book, “The Giving Tree,” the emotional relationship between the child and the tree, Elena Iglesias has brought to life in these stories the spirit of an inanimate being, “The Tree” as told with the help of a wise old Owl. This is an ode to the gentleness and kindness of nature.
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About the Author
Elena Iglesias, an independent journalist and art reporter, is the author of four books of poetry: Península (1977); Mundo de Aire (1978), which includes poems that earned awards from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello of Caracas; Campo Raso (1983), the product of a Poetry Workshop of the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Rómulo Gallegos of Caracas, Venezuela; and Temblor de Luz (2009), dedicated to the memory of Cuban poet Dulce Maria Loynaz. She also has written four books of short stories: "Cuenta el Caracol" (1995), a recreation of “patakies” from the Afro-Cuban tradition; "Aloni Gabriel and Butterfly" (2004, 2005 & 2009), a children’s book inspired by her eldest grandson; "Adventures of a Blue Butterfly" (2009), a prequel for her younger grandson; and "The Philosophy of My Wandering Cat" (2009), philosophical fables with an inspirational twist. She was born in Cuba.