The acclaimed children’s book “Tree Story” by writer, producer, and director Jere Silber is a labor of love and a reflection of timeless wisdom for children of all ages.
This touching story of change and perspective follows two families of trees, the Sycamores and the Birches, and the forest they live in.
One morning, three men enter the forest and nail signs to some of the trees. To their horror, the trees realize they are going to be harvested. Bedlam and fear prevail until another set of visitors enters the forest, friends who hope to save and protect the trees. Believing that their human friends will save them, life in the forest becomes peaceful once again, even though Grandfather Birch is still a bit grouchy.
Months later, just as winter is beginning, bulldozers enter the forest. The trees cannot run, nor can they hide. Grandfather Sycamore bids his family farewell, urging them to always be proud of themselves and to stay strong. He finishes with, “Always remember, long live the family tree!”
Convinced they will never see each other again, the devastated trees are harvested and hauled off one by one, but life has more in store for them. Grandfather Sycamore is pleasantly surprised by how fun it is to ride in the logging truck, and better yet, once he arrives at the lumber mill, he is reunited with many family members. After being transformed into a grandfather clock and moved into the Robinson’s home, he discovers that Grandfather Birch has been turned into a coffee table and is living at the same home! Soon, other family members turn up in the kitchen cabinets, in the wood siding on the house, in a copy of a book, and even in a baseball bat!
When birds from the forest visit the family trees and tell them that new generations of trees are taking root and growing, Grandfather Sycamore and his progeny realize their family will continue to thrive and survive, both in and out of the forest. Just as important, they also realize that even in their new form, they are all still together, just as they always have been.
Silber says, “I wrote this children’s book in 1997. I credit my daughter for being the driving force. One weekend while I was writing a screenplay, she asked, ‘How come you don't write anything I can read?’ She suggested I write a children's book about trees in a forest, and the rest is history. Now there’s even a coloring book, an audio book, and a slide show audio book movie available!”
A video adaptation of “Tree Story,” originally titled “The Family Tree,” received the 1999 Monty Award; an audio book version was entered for a 2001 Grammy Award in the Spoken Word Category. Silber also received the 2001 Monty Award for producing Mister Word Wizard starring Richie Havens.
“Need I tell you how impressed I was with your creative writing skills and your sensitivity for the subject matter! I loved the book. I found it touched on so many lessons…I especially liked that when the situation seemed grim, there was always positive energy surrounding it. That is how life should be lived. Nothing really has an end. There is rebirth and a continuation of everything around us. Family roots, neighborly love, adapting to change, a positive attitude, accepting fate, and preserving and taking care of our natural resources… The most valuable lesson woven between the lines is Love.” - Kathy Kontos Pait
Author: Jere Silber is an accomplished writer, producer, and director with over forty years of experience working on radio, television, and theatrical productions. He was an award- winning camera operator for the television show News Counterpoint on cable television. He studied radio/television broadcasting at Montgomery College and screenwriting through the American Film Institute. “Tree Story” is his first published children’s book, but he recently wrote “Up in the Sky,” his second children’s book, to commemorate the birth of his first granddaughter.
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Tree Story by Jere Silber; Morgan’s Magical Media; Category: Juvenile Fiction, Children’s Picture Book; Soft Cover: 978-0578179216, $14.06; Soft Cover: 978-0692692486, $5.40; Audio Book: B019EE7BL8, $3.46; Slide Show Audio Book Movie: $2.25, (download format); Tree Story e-File Coloring Book: $1.25, (download format); Availability: Amazon.