The Trees Have Hearts

The Trees Have Hearts

by Mrs. D.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781977626189
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2017
Pages: 58
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.15(d)

About the Author

Olga D'Agostino (known as Mrs. D.) is an award-winning children's author (recipient of multiple Mom's Choice Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, and International Readers' Favorite Awards). She lived and worked in Lviv, a cultural center in western Ukraine, before immigrating to the United States in 1992. In 2012 she published her first book, and since then she's pursued a career as a writer. She speaks many languages, loves reading, writing, gardening, and traveling. Her award- winning illustrated children's books include The Trees Have Hearts, Good Morning, World!, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Runaway Clothes, and The Royal Palm. She lives in Smithville, NJ, with her husband, Patrick. They have four children and four grandchildren. Her books are available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as e-books for most popular e- devices. For new updates please visit her website or email

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The Trees Have Hearts 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ksen More than 1 year ago
The Trees Have Hearts is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. To me, Mrs. D's story is a reminder that friends come in all shapes and sizes, which is a wonderful lesson for children to learn. It also teaches children that there is always a place for them to fit in. The love that the characters have for each other is so uplifting to read, especially in a day when we're more apt to see some terrible in ways in which people can treat each other than the good that people do. I would recommend this for children and adults alike. I also would like to mention that English is not Mrs. D's first language, but yet the book was written and edited better than many books I have read by people who have spoken English for their entire lives. I look forward to reading more of Mrs. D's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written and illustrated. The delicate colors and fine lines will prove satisfying to the eye just as the lyrical language is soothing to the ear. I urge the reader to pay particular attention to the Preface in which the author reminds us that we should look at things through the eyes of a child and enjoy this period of wonder and imagination because it is a fleeting moment in time which soon disappears. As the story begins a sad little girl is gazing out her window at the spring garden. She sees the trees just beginning to bloom. The little girl does not go out to play because she has just moved from another country and does not know the language. She feels lost and alone. One day she goes out into the garden and the trees speak to her. We all know that things never stay the same. One day the little girl arrives home and her mother has a surprise for her. Will the bond between little girl and her tree friends be able to survive this new crisis? Read this charming story suitable for children of ages to find out.
Maranda_Russell More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book. First of all, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. They definitely help bring this fantasy story to life. The storyline itself is sweet and touching. It manages to teach wonderful lessons about true friendship and adapting to change without being preachy or overdone. I'm not sure if the author meant it to be, but I also felt like this was a story about growing up and maturing over time. I felt like the main character really grew and changed throughout the story. She went from being sad, lonely and insecure, to finding self-confidence and contentment. The "tree people" reminded me very much of fairies, although I don't think the word fairy was actually used in the book. Overall, this is a lovely book that I would definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys reading uplifting fantasy stories. P.S. I really enjoyed the preface too. Although I will admit that I often skip prefaces or introductions when reading a book, I would highly recommend you read this one and give the words some thought. Our children truly do grow up too quickly and we should take advantage of every opportunity we are given to share time with them.
Drazin More than 1 year ago
“The Trees Have Hearts” is a book filled with love. The story was written with a warm heart by the multi award-winning author Mrs. D. Juli Hastgawa adds beautiful colorful illustrations that capture the love in the stories perfectly. I liked the book a lot. It contains the story of a lovely curly-headed young girl from the time she and her mom come to the US and for several years thereafter. We read about her loneliness and the remarkable way that she overcame it. When she first came to the United States, she was unable to speak English and had no friends because she was unable to speak to other girls. At school, some boys mocked her because she spoke no English. But then, as she looked out of her window, she saw three trees that talk to her in her language, and they become her friends for years. So too does the old and tired wind. The four love her and she loves them. They spend much time together. One day, for example, she got lost, and not only her mom, but her friends the trees too begin to worry. Two trees cry. The tired old wind flies out and looks for her. When summer came and the curly-headed girl could speak English and went with her school friends to the beach, she forgot to tell the trees where she was going, and the tired old wind went again in search for her. When she returned from the beach, she asked her tree friends if she could bring her school friends to see them and they agreed; and her school friends liked the trees and the gifts of fruit the trees gave them. When the curly-headed girl lost her first tooth and cried in fear, the trees told her that she was growing up and not to worry; her first lost tooth, her baby tooth, would live with the tooth fairy. When her mom got a new job and they had to move, she was so upset that she ran away, but the tired old wind ran after her and in a funny way brought her back. Then the trees advised her why she should not be bothered about the move.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a true testament to an author when I read one of their books and it leaves me wanting more. It is what caused me to go in search of yet another book by Mrs. D. There are several factors of why I would recommend this book, but I shall leave you with two and my summary. First of all, Mrs. D has an eloquent way with words. She has the power to conjure beautiful images within your mind. This eloquence in no way deters from the story’s readability, in fact, it enhances it by pulling you into the tale. You are the small child lost in loneliness one moment, and laughing and playing amongst the trees, the next. The second factor in recommending this book, or her others for that matter, is that teaches lessons within her stories without being heavy-handed. She crafts the moral of her books so well, that they are always lovingly presented and thus easily absorbed by a child. Young readers will not feel like they are being lectured in any form, but subconsciously they are grasping the message behind the words. It is my humble opinion, Mrs. D has a true gift of storytelling. She can evoke emotion. While reading, The Trees Have Hearts, a secondary emotion kept popping into my mind separate from the scene that was being laid out before me on the pages. I was transported back into an earlier point in time to when I was a young child. I easily imagined myself curled up in my grandmother’s lap reading this story together. This image continued to pop into my mind several times while reading. What a precious gift! Once again, I can only say that this is definitely a treasure to add to your child’s collection of literary works. I will definitely continue to support Mrs. D by purchasing her books to add to my own personal collection.
Sziggy More than 1 year ago
What a great story The Trees have Hearts. Every book Mrs. D writes shares life lessons of friendships, sharing and not judging others. The illustrations are wonderful and the story should be discussed after reading to teach children the life lesson each of her books teach
tiinaj1TP More than 1 year ago
How many of you had imaginary friends growing up? You were lonely and maybe you didn't have many kids in your neighborhood or perhaps like this little girl you found yourself unable to communicate with other kids and therefore alone and needing friends. This little girl easily captures your heart and sympathies as she makes friends with the only "beings" around. 3 Trees each with their own personalities are in the garden and she friends each one of them. The story takes place over a year and as the season changes so does the little girl - she grows in confidence and by the end of the book she has friends and needs to rely on the trees less and less. The Trees Have Hearts is a wonderful story for kids who love to sink into a good book. Perhaps like our heroine they are lonely and need friends or perhaps they love a good book to read on a rainy afternoon. The pictures are beautiful and fun to explore and the details in them are wonderful. The suggested reading level is 5-8 but I would say it's for kids who are able to read/listen to a lot of detail. It's a bit long and the dialog is very detailed for most 5 year olds so I would suggest parents read it first before giving it to their kids to read or trying to read it. Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. No money exchanged hands and I was not required to have a positive review. Thanks for reading!
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
The Trees Have Heartsis a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
The Trees Have Hearts In the lovely garden the trees see a beautiful little girl sitting nearby and she is crying.  As she moves closer to the trees they try to comfort her.  You see, she just moved to America and does not speak English and she would like very much to play with the children on the other side of the fence.  The little girl and the trees have something in common they both have hearts.  The little girl becomes close friends with the trees. She learns many things from them like the many changes they go through from one season to next with the help of Old Wind.  Her confidence builds as she attends school and makes many new friends.  The trees have bonded with the little girl and worry about her if she is not home at the normal time and send Old Wind to search for the little girl .  The author writes a lovely story about a lonely little girl with a great big imagination.  She turns her beautiful garden into her sanctuary of imaginary friends that remain in her heart and follow her into adulthood.  The lessons to be learned in this story is love of nature, respect for nature and changes of nature from one season to the next.  Just as children go through many changes from season to season.   This would be a good bedtime story. reading a few pages each night nurturing your child's imagination and leaving them with sweet dreams. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.
olgagusevaOG More than 1 year ago
Dear Mrs. D !!I have read The Trees Have Hearts !! Fabulous book. Fabulous story that charms from the first page and does not let go until the last point at the end of the book. We are completely plunge into a fantastic world where loneliness and friendship, tears and smiles, doubt and trust; which for some time becomes your own lives. Colorful illustrations, simple, easy narrative make the book accessible for the youngest readers. Who can remain indifferent to the amazing trees, stunningly described by you, which can talk, make friends, love, and cry; to cheerful good-natured wind that comes to help to his friends in any situation? This is a life story, which we believe in. Imaginary world saves from loneliness... How realistic and known to many of us! No doubt this book will help children overcome all fears, forget about loneliness and find new friends! All I said - this is my own feelings, this is my gratitude to you for your art! Honestly, Mrs. D, I could not hold back tears at the end of the book and I'm not at all feel ashamed to admit it! About this story we can talk endlessly, but I'm sure this is not necessary. Suffice it to read it once to keep it forever in your heart! Thank you, Mrs. D, take care of yourself, love and hugs! P.S. It just that moment when I sincerely regret about my distorting English...:))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exquisite detailed illustrations enhance this thought provoking tale of a small girls journey to develop friendships in a new country is enchanting without being cloy or dishonest. This gentle tale of the how power of a child's imagination can sustain her while she builds her language and makes friends in her new world is relevant and realistic in today's diverse multi-cultural society. This tale of a mothers love and child's innocence help remind each parent that childhood is fleeting. Through, the simple act of sharing our child's dreams and fantasies a relationship will soon be lost;but the memories built will create the trust to allow the parent child relationship to develop into one of mutual respect. Build a memory and relationship with your child today.
KittyMuseBookReviews More than 1 year ago
1 new country + 1 new home + 1 new language = one sad, lonely little girl. This solitary little child watches the other children play, but from the safety of the trees that hide her from their sight. She would love to join them, but, since she can’t understand them, she stays in her sanctuary with her wishes and dreams. What a surprise, then, when the trees speak to her–in her own language! The magnolia, the weeping cherry, and the plum tree comfort her and welcome her into their leafy homes. Their constant presence, their interest in her day, and their encouragement when she has successes make her more and more sure of herself. Old Wind, who spends a lot of time among the trees, becomes her friend as well, finding her when she is lost and keeping her from harm. But what happens when she goes away to summer camp? How will she get along without her garden friends? Old Wind has the freedom to go and check up on her, and is able to report back to the trees that she is happy–with new friends. Does this disappoint the trees? Not at all–they welcome the little girl and her new-found friends. She is finally sure enough of herself that she can live in both worlds. Until, once again, she has to pull up her own young roots and move again. The trees and Old Wind assure her that they will always be friends, since Old Wind can follow her wherever she goes. What a darling book! I can just see some little girl, eyes sparkling with delight, as someone reads this book to her. The descriptions are enthralling (“Shaking glowing sparkles to the earth, the moon painted a soundless night in a silver shade with his invisible brushes”), and the story is just so sweet. The little girl is so real; I can imagine Ms. D’Agostino writing this with her own daughter in mind. The character I most admired, though, was the little girl’s mother. She lives the story of the talking trees with her daughter, instead of telling her that they live only in her young imagination. I guess the mom must have taken the author’s advice at the front of the book: “Be a child for a moment…Dive into their imaginary world where you can hide in the shadows of blossoming trees…Do not lose this precious time together…” And I cannot add anything to that.
PJ_LaRue More than 1 year ago
Any adult or child that has felt the pain of leaving friends behind when moving will relate to The Trees Have Hearts. The little girl moved from another country and doesn’t speak English. Her sadness lifted when she played in the garden and made friends with the trees and the Old Wind. Interestingly, there are three different trees, Sassy the pink magnolia tree, Chance the purple plum tree and Shadow the weeping cherry tree. Even the variety of trees in the story carries the same message of acceptance of differences in people. Spending time with nature soothed the lonely girl as she watched the blooms open and the fruit ripen. It also gave her time to learn her new language and begin to make other friends. In addition to the primary message of accepting people, there was another message neatly slipped into the story. The trees taught the little girl to “bite, kick and scream if bad people tried to take her away.” This is a perfect way for the author to pass on safety tips in a non-threatening way to small children. I’d recommend this book to anyone with children, whether they are planning a move, or not. Its message of love and friendship might help children befriend a new child in school or in their neighborhood. It might even teach adults a thing or two about new co-workers, as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our family absolutely loves this story. It has an endearing message about the gifts we receive from both friends and nature. It is beautifully illustrated and the language is filled such detail that it can only captivate you and invite you to become part of the book. I would highly recommend reading "The Trees Have Hearts" with your child if you have the time. It is one of those books that you could snuggle up to in bed together as you imagine away with the little girl. Although she seems lost and seeks refuge in the garden in the beginning, the little girl begins to open up from the unique gifts that the trees provide for her, like protection and so on. The illustrations are such a delight, and we look forward to many more stories from wonderful author.