The Tree That Talks
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The Tree That Talks is a book about a girl called Annabella who enjoys going to the park to spend time with her favourite tree, especially at times when she is feeling sad.  The tree talks to Annabella, and gives her a message on "How to be Happy and Live in the Moment."
The book also contains information for parents, carers and teachers on how to help your children learn the art of visualising positive thoughts, meditation and prayer.  It also teaches children how to change a negative thought to a positive one.  To teach this message to young children, enables them to focus on positive, constructive dreams which they can take into their teenage years and adulthood.

The Tree That Talks is a valuable book to have in your home library as it benefits the whole family.

The US Review of Books  

The Tree That Talks:
A Book about "Living in the Moment" for Children
by Barbara Anne Syassen Trafford Publishing reviewed by Annie Laura Smith

"If you keep thinking about yesterday, you might miss out on what you can enjoy right now."

This book seeks to teach children how to live a positive life daily in spite of disappointments. The subtitle succinctly describes the content of this picture book, and the dedication notes the book is for parents who will teach children this new approach and the children who will carry it forward. Mixed media colored illustrations by young artists complement the text throughout.

The story is given from the child's point of view of a girl named Annabella. Her favorite outing with her mother and dog is a trip to the park. There she talks with her favorite tree. The tree wisely reminds her when she is sad to think about only the present. The tree suggests that Annabella think about things that make her happy so the sad thoughts will go away. The book addresses how to deal with disappointments that are faced by children of all ages. The author provides a Christian meditation in the back of the book which reflects the tree's advice. It is recommended to read the meditation to children at bedtime. Scripture references provide a biblical connection.

The author describes nature scenes children would enjoy. She worked in natural therapies and grew up in Hula Papua, New Guinea, in the Pacific. This is an area where the people are trying to build a greener community, providing excellent background from which to suggest connecting with nature for peace of mind. The book is an inspirational read for both children and adults. It should even help parents work through some of their own disappointments. Oh, that adults had a talking tree to give them such sage advice.

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Barbara Anne Syassen  ( now Barbara Anne Syassen-Beer) resides in Australia with her husband and children.   She has worked in the areas of Natural Therapies, Disability Care, and Red Cross Voluntary work for children with disabilities. This experience, along with having three children of her own, and growing up in Hula PNG, (which is a place in the Pacific where she spent a lot of time with nature), has given her insight into ways of assisting children and adults discover their own inner happiness and uniqueness. It has inspired her to write children's books which focus on connecting young readers with nature, along with encouraging positive thinking.  Barbara's books have been donated internationally to some schools in both Australia and Papua New Guinea, and she plans to donate to more charities and educational organizations.  In 2013 her first book "The Tree That Talks" received a Gold Award for Literary Excellence, and a positive review from The US Review of Books.  For more information about Barbara's positive books please go to:

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