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Eliza's Forever Trees by Stephanie Lisa Tara

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Suddenly Mother jumped to her feet and ran to one of the trees, a three-hundred-foot-tall redwood. "Forever tree! Forever tree!" she cried, smiling. She swept the skinny girl up into her arms. The child's pale skin shimmered in the golden forest light. "Forever trees, forever trees," they sang, spinning in circles. The memory melted into the fog, and Eliza felt very tired. The question came again to her. It appeared out of the gray, out of the damp, out of the cold corners of this new house. The question whispered it always did the kind of whisper that sounded very loud indeed: Where had Mother gone? Shadows appeared and disappeared in Eliza's mind. Still, she couldn't remember. She simply could not remember anything after that last story in the forest. For some reason, she wasn't terribly worried. She was a little worried, for sure, but not terribly worried, because a strange calm held the shadows and the question. It held Eliza, too. Because love is forever.

Goodreads Summary

This novel is a poetic wonder that is impossible to put down.  Eliza’s mother has vanished and
Eliza does not know where she has gone.  Trying to understand where her mother is, Eliza takes a
journey through the Red Wood forest to Great Mother Redwood Tree.  On her journey, Eliza connects with numerous animals, from bears to slugs, and learns about the ecosystem. 
Children will adore Eliza’s Forever Trees.  Poetic and filled with beautiful illustrations, even the
most stubborn child will read and reread Tara’s novel.  This book is entertaining and educational, sure to be a favorite of parents who try to instill a love of learning in their children.  After finishing the novel, the reader will have a better understanding of many animals, the environment, and life and death.  The child may even have a greater appreciation for books! 

5 stars

"Reviewed by Kristin"

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  1. Susan T. said...:

    I love this cover! As an animal lover this sounds like a book for me!

  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    So glad to hear you enjoyed the novel!