Friday 1 December 2023

And the Trees Talked Back by Frederick J. Burns

Book Details:

Book Title:  And the Trees Talked Back by Frederick J. Burns
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 48 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Frederick J. Burns
Release date:   Nov 4, 2023
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.
Book Description:

Meet Amanda, an extraordinary child with a unique gift — she can talk to trees.

Living in a quaint village with a mystical forest, Amanda's life takes an enchanting turn when she seeks out her inquisitive cat, Daisy. As the sun sets and the moonlight casts its glow, the duo embark on a thrilling night-time adventure.

As Amanda encounters ancient trees, she uncovers a world she never knew existed, where wisdom and acceptance coexist with fear and hatred. Amidst the rustling leaves and haunting shadows, she confronts the duality of nature, discovering the true meaning of good and evil. Her bonds with nature deepen and she learns to navigate the world where choices shape destinies.

And The Trees Talked Back is a heartwarming tale of wonder, friendship, and self-discover that will captivate readers of all ages.
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Author Interview with Frederick J Burns
Q 1.  Your book is set in Longmeadow.  Have you ever been there?
A 1.  Yes. As a matter of fact, there were three periods of time during which I lived in Longmeadow.  First, from the time I was born and came home from the hospital until I graduated from college.  Then after I married, my wife and I moved back to Longmeadow for a few years before moving to a nearby city.  Finally, after my dear wife passed away, I moved back to Longmeadow for another few years before meeting and falling in love with the love of the second part of my life. 

Q 2.  How did you do research for the book?
A 2.  My research took the form of going for many walks, while searching and being aware of the older trees that had interesting character.  Of those older trees, I looked for ones that had faces of some kind.  Though my book is not scientific,  I did read research about how trees may communicate through the underground mycelium or fungus. 

Q 3.  What is your next project?
A 3.  I am currently working on my next project, and it is not a book.  Instead, it is a self-portrait.  It is a rather unusual painting that, by itself, tells many stories.  I intend to submit it when it’s completed to the Outwin Portraiture competition, run by the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. That portraiture competition’s purpose is to award and honor the best portraits and just as important, to extend the boundaries of what constitutes portraiture.

Q 4.  Where do you get your inspiration from?
A 4.  I am open to being inspired by the natural world around me. Trees are so inspiring, as are rocky formations, flowers, leaves, animals, and even clouds.  I try to paint or draw so the viewer sees something they have never seen before or have seen but never noticed the beauty before.  You may be interested to know that the inspiration for the self-portrait mentioned above in question 3, came from a cloud formation that I saw by pure chance. However, it led to the creation of a figurative painting only because I was open to the possibility. 

Q 5.  The characters in your book ask a lot of questions.  Why is that?
A 5.  Haha … good question.  Asking questions is the way to learn about one another.  Obviously not just asking any question, but asking deep questions, the right questions. Equally important is listening to the answer, trying to understand the answer.  That way we can appreciate others and build friendships.

Meet the Author:

Burns, always an artist on the inside, breaks through his trial attorney exterior at age 63, to write and illustrate his first children’s book, AND THE TREES TALKED BACK. Three years in the making, Burns strives to convey a world where commonalities are more important than differences, where empathy is more important than distain and where making friends is more important than creating enemies. With no formal art training, Burns enjoys working in and learning new mediums and styles. His art has won awards in juried competitions, been displayed on billboards, in government offices, the D’Amour Museum of Fine Art, and now graces the cover of Dave Brinnel's second CD, ALONE. His detailed illustrations of trees using pen and ink with washes of watercolor have been compared to the fantastical illustrations of Arthur Rackham and Maurice Sendak. Burns lives in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts with his wife, Heather and two dogs, where he is developing ideas for his next book.

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