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Author Showcase: A Winter Solstice Celebration

By DiDi LeMay, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 20, 2010

New Children’s Story Shows Environmental Impact Through Animal’s Eyes

A Winter Solstice Celebration takes young readers deep into the forest, where they discover how seemingly harmless human activities can wreak havoc on the natural world.

Set in a village on the edge of a forest, the time and place are left to the reader’s imagination. Miya, a young village girl, sets out one wintry day to feed the forest animals. This sensitive child has always been concerned about her wild neighbors. Every winter she makes it a habit to ensure they have food. On this particular day, Miya is in for a big surprise.

Deep in the woods, Miya encounters a talking squirrel who demands she leave the forest. As soon as she gets over the shock of talking to a squirrel, Miya ponders why she is so unwelcome in this place she loves. Trying to find her way home, she becomes lost and stumbles upon an animal meeting led by a haughty owl. Here, she discovers why humans are so disliked and mistrusted among the creatures of the forest. Encouraged by a kindly crow, she becomes determined to change the way humans and animals get along.

As the story unfolds, Miya must find a way to make peace between the village community and the forest dwellers.

DiDi LeMay, Author of A Winter Solstice Celebration

The upcoming solstice is the perfect opportunity to take a stand. A Winter Solstice Celebration follows Miya’s adventures as she returns to the forest with a bold idea to start a new winter solstice tradition among the villagers—one that doesn’t involve so much destruction to the forest.

“A Winter Solstice Celebration has a universal appeal as it gives insight into the potentially devastating impact of humans on the environment through the eyes of the animals. Young readers will be so captivated by Miya’s adventures; they will not realize they are learning multiple lessons: respect for the environment and for each other, the importance of standing up for your beliefs and the need to conquer your fears.”

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • Looks like a great read!

    November 20, 2010
  • Thank you for the opportunity to showcase my book. I hope to meet a lot of new readers.

    November 20, 2010
  • Sounds like more utopian nonsense being rammed down our children’s throats. I’ll find something else for my children to read.

    November 22, 2010
    • Tracy, this book is for children and parents who love the animals and care for the environment of our planet . Part of that is making sure that the children and adults alike learn to respect the environment and also respect others around them.
      My goal is to give my fellow humans the insight that a healthy planet will also be healthy for us. It is important to help the environment so that it is healthy and our children can have a green and thriving planet.

      November 22, 2010
  • Looks like great reading for christmas.

    November 22, 2010
  • Looks like good reading for christmas.

    November 22, 2010

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