Tilly's Tree

Tilly's Tree

by Patricia Ann Marshall


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“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”

—Hermann Hesse

Tilly’s Tree begins with the birth of a baby girl.

To honor her life and teach her to connect with all living things, Grandpa planted a tree.

—Excerpt from Tilly’s Tree

Tilly and her tree grow through life together as Grandpa teaches Tilly to have compassion for all living things. One day, Tilly arrives home to find her Mom waiting to share the sad news that Grandpa passed on. Together, they find comfort under Tilly’s tree. After a reflective summer under her tree, Tilly is awakened to the connections between all living things and to her own greater purpose, just as Grandpa had intended.

Tilly grows up to become an arborist in a forest where she cares for many trees. She meets a special person in the forest that shares her connection to all living things. They marry under Tilly’s tree. Moments before her ceremony:

She closed her eyes and saw herself as a child there. She heard Grandpa’s voice in the rustling leaves and felt his gentle kiss through the breeze on her cheek. Tilly heard her own laughter swirling through the branches above. She remembered the hours of quiet and stillness and those miraculous moments when she was awakened with an understanding that she was a part of everything that existed in the world. Tilly’s heart opened wide from all the love and sacred gifts that had been shared under her special tree.

—Excerpt from Tilly’s Tree

Sometime later, Tilly gives birth to a baby girl, and the story comes full circle to repeat this family’s tradition of honoring the birth of a child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452517469
Publisher: Balboa Press
Publication date: 08/22/2014
Pages: 26
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.07(d)

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Tilly's Tree 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Tullio More than 1 year ago
Tilly's Tree is a wonderful book that touches your heart. Both children and adults will thoroughly enjoy it and will surely read it over and over again. Tilly's Tree teaches valuable life lessons and promotes family traditions. My girls absolutely loved Tilly's Tree and will surely cherish it for a long time to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. Sweet and beautiful story about the bonds that tie us together and how life changes yet still goes on.
Suzar More than 1 year ago
An exceptional story that will appeal to both children and adults! This beautiful story of the bond between a young girl and her grandfather illustrates the bonds that connect us to those we love throughout our lives. An excellent book for both home and classrooms....this book can be read, and reread, many times and each time a new dimension will be experienced. A must have!!!
mamacat2 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of two generations of a family who have a love of nature and trees.  Great for a child 8 years or older.  I could see this being a favorite book that  a child would read over and over again and keep the book well into teens and adulthood to share the story with others.   I highly recommend  Tilly's Tree.