From back cover --
Lucky is the tale of a lonely
young tree discovered deep in the woods and chosen as a family’s perfect
Christmas tree. Told from the tree’s perspective, and illustrated with
thoughtful, soft pencil drawings, the story becomes a gentle lesson on
friendship, humility, mortality, and the value of life. In the words of
Lucky’s newfound friend Scraggly:
“Always remember that you have made a difference in this world. You have
made other people happy."
About the Author --
Richard C. Hawkins is a
retired professor from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
A native Texan, he attended Baylor University, majoring in Languages,
and appearing in numerous plays. During WWII, he served in Special
Operations in China with the OSS. After military service, Richard worked
in the theater as a stage actor, producer, and documentary filmmaker
where he won international awards, including a Motion Picture Academy
nomination. The tale of Lucky was written at the request of his beloved
wife, Shirley, who once had a favorite Christmas tree put out on the
patio to wither away. The publication of this book fulfills a promise
made and shares the spirit of Shirley who died of cancer a few months
after the story was written.
About the Illustrator--
describes her unique style of “soft realism” as a layering of thought,
paint, or in this case pencil, and possibilities. During a thirty year
professional career, her work has been widely published in books and
magazines, including The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report.
Her award-winning paintings and drawings are in many private collections
and have been exhibited at The Society of Illustrators and The
Philadelphia Sketch Club as well as numerous art galleries and
exhibitions in the New York and Philadelphia area. Deb’s studio is
located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The model for Scraggly lives in
her yard among the squirrels, birds and deer. More of her work can be
seen at www.debhoeffner.com.
Winner of a Moonbeam
Here's a Kirkus Review: https://www.debhoeffner.com/Lucky-the-tale-of-a-tree-book/