A heart warming children's book story about how a wise old apple tree befriends lonely Hare and helps him see that things are always changing and that having an open heart, being kind and having gratitude really can make life beautiful.
annie b. also offers book illustration for authors and publishing houses.
Children's books for wellbeing weaving wisdom of loss and self esteem within a magical story. A delight for children and adults alike. Age 4 years plus.
I was inspired to write books for children after doing some teachings with His Holiness The Dalai Lama some years ago. At the end of the session somebody asked the question how we could stop all the violence and wars in our world. The Dalai Lama replied, " We cannot change the past, but we can change the future by teaching our children of love, kindness and compassion." This was a real light bulb moment for me, and from this point I knew it was my purpose to do just that through my story telling and illustrations.
Blackbird Pie children's magazine review:
Cornish writer and illustrator Annie b. has written a moving story about loss and loneliness and the importance of love. As snowflakes softly fall and hare grieves for his dead mother, the apple tree gently explains how love is always with us, and winter turns into spring. For 5+
Cornwall Today Magazine Review:
Written and illustrated by Cornish author, Annie b., this heart warming children's story reminds children about the importance of kindness and self-esteem through the beautifully illustrated tale of a lonely hare who befriends a wise old tree. The hare learns from the tree's wisdom, discovering among other things that we are all unique individuals, and that life changes like the seasons of the year. These are themes that we can all benefit from remembering, regardless of our age.
Reading and re-reading The Hare And The Wise Old Apple Tree made me truly appreciate the meaning of the story: that we may feel very much alone with our daily struggles and troubles but if we allow ourselves to reach out, we will find the love to nurture us, the kindness to support us, the wisdom to guide us and above all, the hope to light our way out of the dark tunnels we can find ourselves in, to show us the way forward in our often difficult journey through life. We can re-discover the joy in life, the beauty of the world around us and the true value of friendship and ultimately, find that quiet place within ourselves that brings inner peace.
I will treasure this book for what it made me feel; it is written from the heart with warmth, honesty and wisdom – a real gem. I will no doubt find myself reading it again and again over the years - a timeless message of how to live our lives with love in our hearts.
Thank you Annie. Louise xxx
‘The Hare and the wise old Apple Tree’ arrived today. THANK YOU. It is for my nephew Finn and his mum for Christmas. I have just read it out loud to myself and it is truly beautiful. I didn’t really finish the pages without crying though! All the more poignant as my 18 year old cat Bob is buried under our apple tree and I often sit in my hammock just above him and remember him! My children do too and we watched as the grass grew longer just above him for a short time. Isn’t nature beautiful.
Love, light and peace to your and your family and all.
Caroline Fisher x