Delight your children with a beautifully illustrated story about the nature of trees, and the interplay of growing, caring for, and harvesting trees.
This charming and educational tale is written by Chuck Leavell with Nicholas Cravotta; and illustrated with colorful, trippy artwork by Rebecca Bleau.

Leavell happens to be not only a writer and devoted, lifelong tree farmer, but also a renowned keyboardist — touring for over 20 years with The Rolling Stones (including the current ’07 Summer Tour), playing with Richard Ashcroft (formerly of The Verve), Indigo Girls, the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, the late, great, George Harrison, and many other musicians of wide acclaim.

Nurture your youngster’s life-learning by literally planting the seeds of learning. Turn the biodegradable bookmark which accompanies the book into seedlings, and let your child learn how to care for the growth of an Austrian Pine, just like a tree farmer.

Aptly, Leavell lives by the old Haida Indian expression, ‘We don’t inherit the land from our parents, we borrow it from our children.’ When not writing, caring for trees or playing keyboards, Chuck and his wife Rose, are often campaigning for the conservation of trees in the US.

The Tree Farmer is filled with visual treats, my favorite being the depiction of when a tree turns into a piano, violin, cello, guitar, clarinet, marimba or drum — “it will live on in the sweetness of music, reflecting the rhythm, harmony and melody of life.”
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national arbor day foundationThe Tree Farmer recognized as 2007 Award Winner; hot off the press news, not even noted on NADF website yet.