Author: Anne Marshall Runyon
Hardback, 32 pages, $16.99
Publication date: December 1, 2007
Ship date: October 15, 2007
Published by Portal PressDistributed through Baker & Taylor and Small Press Distribution of Berkeley, CA
A sturdy tree shelters small animals during a storm on Christmas Eve, allowing peace and joy to reign as the tempest clears. Filled with beautiful illustrations of birds, animals, water, and sky, The Sheltering Cedar is a gift of nature, illuminating and delightful.
To find out more about the work of Anne Marshall Runyon, please visit www.AnneRunyon.com
An enchanting picture book from the point of view of the gentle creatures of Ocracoke.
“To say that The Sheltering Cedar is a lovely book doesn’t do it justice. The spare, evocative text and warm, detailed watercolors bespeak Anne Runyon’s love for Ocracoke Island. She knows this special place well, has studied its intricately balanced ecosystem with all her senses and now takes the rest of us there with all her heart. The quiet story of a coastal tree sheltering wildlife from a Christmas Eve storm will be a bedtime favorite for toddlers, while the author’s explanatory note and activities will make this a fun addition to school libraries and classrooms”
—Eileen Heyes, author of the O’Dwyer & Grady mysteries. See www.eileenheyes.com
“Anne Runyon’s prose shines like a beacon in this Barrier Island Christmas Book. Young readers and those not-so-young will delight in her meticulous drawings of creatures sheltered by an Ocracoke cedar tree.”
-- Belinda Hurmence, author of numerous children's books, many about slavery, including A Girl Called Boy.
“Anne Runyon's gentle story and detailed illustrations welcome me into
the close-knit warmth of a family who love their island, rain or shine.
And like the toads and bugs and birds, I become a wild part of that
island, embraced by the charming, gnarly Cedar Tree.”
—Consie Powell, author of Amazing Apples, The First Day of Winter and many others. See www.consiepowell.com and www.wincbooks.com.