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The Tamarisk Tree

This year I thought I would wish all the children who follow my site a Happy Christmas with the gift of a story. (I have actually recorded this story but wordpress want more money for me to upload the recording.) If you’d like a copy of the recording send me an email. I hope you enjoy it and wish you a happy, safe, socially distanced, hand sanitised, Christmas.

The Tamarisk Tree by Penny Luker

She stood tall and proud in a dry sandy area; not quite a desert. A small community of houses surrounded her.

Jacob loved her beauty. She provided shade during the hot months and a focus for the local people, who would often sit beneath her branches. There was not much for an eleven year old to do, so he would pick up any small twigs that she dropped and whittle away at them with his knife.

‘Thank you for your gift,’ he would always say, as he sat beneath her branches, practising his craft. He made tiny statues of people who lived nearby or characters he’d read about in books. In his way Jacob was content, although he would’ve liked more children to play with.

Matthew was a young teenager, who lived in the same village. He was angry at being stuck in what he considered to be this hell hole. The heat was oppressive. There was nothing to do and no-one of his age to hang out with. His parents worked at the observatory in the desert and he was often on his own. He watched Jacob sitting under the tree and sneered at his efforts.

‘I’ll show you how to carve something properly. I’ll be back but you’ll have to move.’

A few moments later Matthew came back with a saw and told Jacob to get out of the way.

‘You mustn’t damage the tree,’ said Jacob. ‘She provides us with shade and beauty.’

‘She provides us with shade and beauty,’ Matthew mimicked. ‘Move!’

Jacob stood back, helpless. Matthew was much bigger than he was.

He ran to his home to fetch his mother, but she was busy and told him to keep out of the way of that nasty boy.

When Jacob got back to the tree one of its beautiful branches was on the ground and Matthew was about to chop another.

‘Wait. Why not carve the branch you’ve cut before you take more from the tree? That is, if you can actually carve and not just hack branches off,’ shouted Jacob from a safe distance.

‘Of course I can carve. I’ll show you,’ and Matthew marched off in the direction of his home, with the large branch.

Jacob ran to the tree and wrapped his spindly arms around the trunk.

‘I’m so sorry I didn’t protect you,’ he cried.

He went indoors and came back to the tree with a small jar of honey and spooned a little onto the cut on the tree.

‘I don’t know if this will help but my mother always gives me some when I’m poorly,’ he said.

When Jacob’s mother came out to see what the fuss was about she was extremely angry that the tree had been mutilated and marched straight round to Matthew’s house. There she found him sweating and swearing at the wood as he tried to shape it into a statue with a large blunt knife. She left him in no doubt that she’d be speaking to his parents tonight.

Jacob sat back down under the Tamarisk tree and fell asleep in it’s shade. Soon he was wakened by Matthew.

‘I’m going to be in dead trouble with my parents because of your mother. You better make this branch into something beautiful so they think my cutting the tree was not such a bad thing. Here. Get on with it or you’re dead meat.’

‘I couldn’t do it even if I wanted to. Such a large branch would take months to carve. With my tiny pieces of wood it takes a few weeks. I’d be happy to show you how to carve a small piece, but only with wood that the tree offers you; the bits you can pick up from the ground.’

Matthew stomped off, dragging the branch behind him.

Later Jacob said to the tree, ‘I am sorry that he’s hurt you so much,’ as he went indoors for his supper.

In the morning he was outside with his mother, when he looked up and saw his beloved Tamarisk tree covered in pale orangey- pink flowers.

‘Look how beautiful the tree is!’ said Jacob. ‘I thought it might die with that damage.’

‘No, she is strong. I’m sure she’s going to be fine. Matthew might have hurt her but someone showed her kindness – with my best honey, I believe.’

Jacob looked up but his mother was smiling.

As for Matthew, his parents were indeed cross with him. They gave him the perfect punishment. He must carve a statue of the Madonna and child and work on it everyday until it is beautiful, when it will be donated to the village. He has promised he will never damage the tree again and can often be seen sitting with Jacob underneath the Tamarisk tree, learning his craft.

Free ebooks this weekend 28 – 29 March 2020

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All my children’s ebooks are free on 28-29 March. If you’re in the middle of reading another book with your child why not download these and save them for later?

Desdemona the dragon without any friends is a charming children’s picture book to read to a younger child. Desdemona is looking for friendship and she learns that friends don’t have to look like you.

My other children’s books are chapter books. Each chapter can be read as an individual story and they make up a longer story. These are ideal for children to read themselves or to share with their favourite adult.

The Green Book is the story of Alana, who discovers a magic book. Alana has many adventures with her friends and the magic book. She learns ways to solve problems whilst having loads of fun.

Promotion children stories

Tiny Tyrannosaurus tells about Isaac’s life with a magical tiny tyrannosaurus. They have many adventures and learn about staying safe and not being greedy, among other things.

Pablo the storytelling bear is my latest children’s book and tells the stories of two polar bears. One is in captivity, but has some magical adventures and the other is free and struggles to survive. This is certainly an opportunity to help children learn about our fragile Earth and how animals can become extinct, but it is a fun book to read.

Poetry

Promotion poetry
Nature’s Gold and Autumn Gold are collections of poetry on varied subject matter. Shadows of Love has LOVE as the theme but it’s not all mushy love!

Nature’s Gold

Autumn Gold

The Shadows of Love

Short Stories

Promotion short stories
These two books of short stories will entertain with quick reads.

The Mermaid

Pebble on the Beach

 

Remember all my books are free on on Amazon’s kindle unlimited all the time.

 
When this offer is over all my ebooks have been reduced to 99 pence or equivalent for the next few months.
Hope you find something to enjoy.

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Free children’s ebooks, and poetry and short stories for adults.

Des square cover final

All my children’s ebooks are free on 13 -15 March and 21 – 22 March. If you’re in the middle of reading another book with your child why not download these and save them for later?

Desdemona the dragon without any friends is a charming children’s picture book to read to a younger child. Desdemona is looking for friendship and she learns that friends don’t have to look like you.

My other children’s books are chapter books. Each chapter can be read as an individual story and they make up a longer story. These are ideal for children to read themselves or to share with their favourite adult.

The Green Book is the story of Alana, who discovers a magic book. Alana has many adventures with her friends and the magic book. She learns ways to solve problems whilst having loads of fun.

Promotion children stories

Tiny Tyrannosaurus tells about Isaac’s life with a magical tiny tyrannosaurus. They have many adventures and learn about staying safe and not being greedy, among other things.

Pablo the storytelling bear is my latest children’s book and tells the stories of two polar bears. One is in captivity, but has some magical adventures and the other is free and struggles to survive. This is certainly an opportunity to help children learn about our fragile Earth and how animals can become extinct, but it is a fun book to read.

Poetry

Promotion poetry

Nature’s Gold

Autumn Gold

The Shadows of Love

Short Stories

Promotion short stories

The Mermaid

Pebble on the Beach

 

Remember all my books are free on on Amazon’s kindle unlimited all the time.

 

pablo brandnew front 1 snowflake with medal

New Cover Reveal – Pebble on the Beach

Pebble on the Beach lulu final

I won’t bore you with the details, but I had to change the title, so I changed the cover as well. If you’ve already bought this book – see previous covers below, don’t buy it again! But if you haven’t, it contains 24 stories (short stories and flash fiction) in many genres. You can buy it here for only £1.99 (e-book) or $2.99.The revised paperback version will be out shortly.

It’s FREE on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.

It’s also FREE to everyone on Saturday and Sunday 12 and 13 October 2019.

The Mermaid is also free on 12 and 13 October 2019 and you can download it here.

 

Mermaid Front kindle

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