The Tara Tree (Paperback)
At the heart of this timely and imaginative tale is a theme of stewardship. From oceans to endangered animals, readers can't miss the message to love the planet. This is the first in the Earth-friendly series, Tales Of The West Wind. As if being captured weren't terrifying enough, a ship carrying animals to a zoo is smashed by a rogue wave. With the crew lost at sea, the animals must find a way to survive on their own. Kosmo, a silverback gorilla, befriends a snow leopard, and they make their way to a tiny island with the help of a dolphin. Joined by a great green macaw and Simon, an orphaned fruit bat, this unlikely group sets out to explore their new surroundings. Following a path that leads deep into a cave, they come upon a tree unlike any they've seen before. Massive roots twist up into a ghostly pale trunk with branches that spread across the cave ceiling and down the walls. All over the tree, huge flowers hang down like glowing lanterns, and the air is filled with the scent of lime and vanilla. Spellbound, the animals stare up at the extraordianry sight of the last Tara tree on Earth. Contained in its flowers is an ancient and powerful magic that will change each of them forever.
About the Author
Donna Cook is a Colorado artist, writer, environmentalist and animal lover. She and her husband are fortunate to live with four animals, to whom she has read this story many times. One of her favorite quotes is from Native American culture. "Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children." Sponsor of the 1,000 TARA TREE PAPER BAG PROJECT, Donna ends her author visits by helping her audience make trees from paper bags. In so doing, they pledge to use less plastic. She is well on her way toward her goal of 1,000 paper bag Tara trees. Donna is currently at work on the second book in the Tales of The West Wind series entitled THE TARA STAR.