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January 21 , 2011

The Little Green Tree


The Little Green Tree is a modern parable, that is, an allegory designed to illustrate and teach truths, spiritual principles, or moral lessons. This parable presents a fresh but profound view concerning the central theme, the dangers of disobedience as it successfully captures the challenges of parenting. This powerfully moving story, written as a poem, offers believable, everyday moments between mother and son. The compelling subject of the short tale is about the relationship between the mother tree and her son. The Little Green Tree takes readers and listeners—both children and adults—on an imaginary journey into a mother’s understanding heart and a son’s rebellious spirit that reveals both joy and pain. Lesser themes are living responsibly, enlightened self interest, and personal power through awareness. Readers and listeners, alike, will witness the love and caring of both the mother tree and her self-destructive offspring. Unfortunately, the son fails to take his mother’s knowledge, ancient wisdom, and perspective into account. It is sad, but it is also uplifting because of its honest statements of pure, natural truths concerning the universal laws that govern our time-space-reality. With candor, this powerful, practical, and poignant story is written as a lyrical poem with 18 verses written in octaves. The vibrant narrative style, characterized by the fun-to-read rhymes, will help children and their parents to understand the enchanting tale. Succeeding on multiple levels, it is a story about nature and nurture. It is about compassionate parenting. Note that the little green tree is reared in an emotionally safe and caring environment; thus, the community is a major character. Because there is not a page that fails to grip the reader and the listener, dialogue will be initiated between parent and child. The Little Green Tree is an essential book for teaching and entertaining toddlers to pre-teens.
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