A “Meet the Author” event will take place at the Sedona Library on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with local author Dusty Crisman.She will read and display her latest children’s book, "A Lonely Tree," an uplifting, delightful story about the value of friendship.
Crisman’s book reveals that not only do children and adults know that friends are a surefire remedy for loneliness, but trees do, too. A Lonely Tree takes the young reader through a series of adventures to see how a tree finally gets the friends he wants and deserves. Crisman weaves kindness and helpfulness throughout the story and shows that, to have friends, everyone, even a tree, has to be a friend.
The story begins with Tree, all alone in a meadow, wishing he had friends with whom to share things. As various forest animals pass by, one by one, he helps and supports them—and they stay to become his new friends. Tree’s cooperation and helpfulness transfers to his new pals, and soon they’re all friends together. Even a harrowing storm and a flood don’t deter their kindness to each other.
This compelling 24-page book is appropriate for all ages, but is particularly suited for children 4-9 years old, who are in school or preschool with others their ages and in the process of making–and being–friends.
Illustrators of the book are three Sedona Red Rock High School students, Krushi Bhakta, Cheyenne Javey, and Tirzah Wright, who spent the better part of the school semester last year drawing, coloring and perfecting their artwork. The beautiful simplicity of their illustrations and the fresh, captivating images of the tree and its friends enhance the book’s charm.
The young illustrators successfully capture the emotions expressed through the text, and, conversely, the colorful, childlike illustrations lend themselves to further appreciation of the text by young readers.
Crisman has written two children's books: "Kai: the Sedona Siamese," published in 2014, and "A Lonely Tree," which was published this month. A resident of West Sedona for 37 years, Crisman has been active in many community organizations and was one of the founding members of the Sedona Arts Center Theatre Wing.
She has two children and four grandchildren. Crisman said, “With so much negativity and discord in the world these days, especially here around the holidays, I wanted to show children that goodness and kindness generate happiness — and are a wonderful way to make good friends to share things with.”
The “Meet the Author” event is at the Sedona Library on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Crisman will read "A Lonely Tree" to children and adults who attend the event, and personalized, signed copies will be available for sale for $10 each.
One or more of the illustrators will also be on hand to meet and greet those who are there.