I admire children’s book authors for their ability to climb into the mindset of a child and relate an important life-lesson to them with words and images that burn happy memories into their brains forever.
Piper Green and the Fairy Tree written by Ellen Potter and illustrated by Qin Leng is an early-readers chapter book released on audio by Live Oak Media in September 2020. It is narrated by Tavia Gilber, who does a charming job bringing the voice of young Piper to life.
Piper Green is starting second grade. She lives on an island, rides a ferryboat to school, has a special shield to ward off irritating boys, and thinks her new teacher has glorious wavy blonde princess hair.
Piper thinks second grade is going to be the best year ever, even though its the first year her beloved big brother has moved away from home and into a boarding school dormitory.
But when Piper arrives on her first day of school and learns her princess teacher wants her to remove the monkey ear muffs her big brother just gave her, Piper realizes second grade is going to be the worst year of her life.
This darling early-reader chapter book is a fabulous find for school and home, libraries and even listening to on audio while riding in the car with mom or dad.
Potter does a wonderful job executing this touching story of a little girl, her big brother and the lesson of relinquishing something very special.
My eight-year-old granddaughter and seven-year-old grandson would love this book, which they would blaze through during reading time or after school. Both young readers would have no trouble relating to Piper or her story in this touching tale.
Let me throw in one personal note, reader.
From the time our three girls could sit in our laps, my husband and I shared our love for imagination and story. Our weekly visits to the public library’s storytime were an invaluable contribution. Our girls grew to be well spoke, well read adults, blessed to offer the world an enhanced version of themselves.
Books like Piper Green and the Fairt Tree need to be in every child’s hands, whether it is physica, digital, on the shelves of their libraries, in their homes or filling their young ears with love and wonder while listening to audio in the car.
My true and intense desire is to see stories by this author, and many others, form the backbone of happy memories for your children and grandchildren for many years to come.
Happy are those who respect the Lord and obey him. You will enjoy what you work for, and you will be blessed with good things. Psalm 128: 1-2