Thursday, April 18, 2013

Earth Day Celebration Author Stephanie Lisa Tara Book Tour, Review and Giveaway- MG

Title: Eliza’s Forever Trees Author: Stephanie Lisa Tara Publish Date: Published 2012 by Wee Words LLC 

ELIZA'S FOREVER TREES: Where has mother gone? Mothers don’t leave. Mothers stay, forever. Mothers are like redwood trees, those special forever trees that grow hundreds of feet high and live for thousands of years. Mothers read storybooks aloud. They know the power of a story. Power that can even make the wrong-beats of a child’s heart go away. Maybe the monarch butterfly was right? Perhaps they should make the journey. The one that was too long, and too far, for a girl with a wrong-beating heart. Yet there was someone in the redwood forest that Eliza just knew could help. Not just any someone. Another mother. The first mother. The one, Eliza’s own mother had spoken of. Great Mother Redwood. The very first, the oldest and wisest redwood tree of them all. She, who started the forest thousands of years ago, might know where mother had gone. It seemed impossible. To find one who had never been seen, one who had only been spoken of? Yet. Mothers dont leave. They are like redwood trees. They stay, forever. Eliza decided she must try. She would put one foot in front of the other, slowly. She would take small steps. She knew the butterfly would be patient alongside her. Down the path. To the forever trees. To find Great Mother Redwood.
Eliza decides to travel to find Mother Redwood, to ask her one question, “Where did her mother go?”

My Over All Rating:

Earth Day....I love working out in my yard planting flowers and the garden.  There's nothing like that first ripe red tomato right out of the garden that I always try to make sure to eat.
So much can be done to preserve the earth no matter how small the job may be.
We have a tree in out back yard that was starting to split.  I knew if we lost that tree, we would lose not only the shading, but the wonderful creatures that live there.  So we put a stainless steel rod between the two branches that were causing the split.  After time, the tree has grown together and healed itself.  And we saved that tree.  It is just amazing what nature can do.

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Author Praise

Stephanie Tara Lisa has been nominated for many awards including the Mom's Choice Award, DIY Award, The Chocolate Lilly Award, Golden Ink Award and more. 

"Snowy White World to Save cleverly introduces young children to environmental awareness and global warming by making them aware of what is happening to our planet, and what they can do to help save it. Ms. Tara provides a wonderful resource guide at the back of the book that encourages young readers to further educate themselves on the subjects so they, too, with their parents, will become global citizens." --Actress and Activist Sharon Stone

What do a mouse, a trapeze and a library have in common? The answer lies within the pages of the Little Library Mouse, by Stephanie Lisa Tara. 
A nameless mouse jumps into action, through rhyme, as the library is closed for the evening. We're invited on a journey as the mouse "sails on a sentence" and becomes library book characters, including a ship, a wild animal and a circus act.
Tara enchants us with her storytelling as she makes a library tour exciting, encouraging literacy and reading. Little Library Mouse is to be applauded for its light-as-a-feather rhymes, a style Tara undoubtedly perfected while earning a B.A. in English.
The illustrations, by Alex Walton, are bold, confident, full-page drawings of a mouse as he takes on the identity of the story he becomes.
This exciting adventure is sure to please the preschooler set and would also make a great baby shower gift. It would also be an excellent jumping-off point for parent/teacher and child to create new rhymes, based upon
Tara's format.
Armchair Interviews says: This story, as with the Man on the Flying Trapeze, "floats through air with the greatest of ease." Bravo, Little Library Mouse...bravo!
 -- Armchair Interviews, "", 2006

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Meet the Author

About Stephanie Lisa Tara:
I've always believed that magic hides in special places. As a child, people would often stare at my bright red hair, which was very, very bright indeed.
Unfortunately, I developed a bad habit of making up rhymes about all of them, and they soon became funny characters. I didn't have much time to think about being different; fanciful lyricisms danced in my head, and no one was safe!
Since then, I've come to believe that storytelling has the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning. Words tripping off the tongue in somersaults that stick to your thoughts like taffy-- those are the things that stay forever in the mind.
I've lived in many special places: on a farm, in a city skyscraper, on a tropical beach, and in the beautiful country of
France. Now I live in northern California, between the redwood forests and the sea. Even though I'm an adult, I'm still as silly as ever.
Many nice words have been used to describe my books, such as fun, engaging, delightful, and whimsical. Some folks say that I deliver timeless messages of love for kids and parents to share again and again; this makes me very happy. I hope that you'll enjoy my stories, too. Captivating children with language is something that I believe in, and I strive to live my life with this always.
--Stephanie Lisa Tara

Other Books by Stephanie Lisa Tara

I'll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara and illustrated by Lee Edward Fodi

On a quiet, moonlit beach, a baby green sea turtle stirs from a dream of home. Slowly, slowly, with a tap, crick, crack, the baby turtle embarks upon a mysterious nighttime journey. Gentle, tender verse and enchanting illustrations carry this tranquil tale from sand to sea.

Gorgeous watercolors chronicle the journey of a baby sea turtle from its hatching to its first swim in the sea. -- Kirkus Reviews, September 2005

Find more on the 
amazon page, including illustrations, reviews and a detailed description.  This book has been republished by the author in paperback,though is still being published by the publisher, Brown Books, in hardcover.

Snowy White World to Save by Stephanie Lisa Tara and Illustrated by Alex Walton

 It s a headline we all have seen: Global warming is melting the Arctic. Once the Arctic sea ice has vanished, the majestic polar bear, a magnificent creature who needs the sea ice to survive will vanish, too. The ice is home to the bears, as well as to their primary food source, the ringed seal. Polar bears feed, mate, travel, den, and give birth on the ice. Some scientists say polar bears will be extinct within fifty years if something isn t done, and soon.

Gwynne Fair & Shining by Stephanie Lisa Tara and illustrated by Lee Edward Fodi

Gwynne, Fair & Shining is a twenty-four page children's book, written in verse, about a young girl who learns she is special and can be anything she wants to be.
Stephanie Lisa Tara's joyful verse will delight readers in her third book, Gwynne Fair & Shining. Poor little Gwynne is the maid of a grumpy old knight who stomps about the castle terrifying her. Then, one night, she hears enchanting music and the voice of her long lost grandmother calling to her to believe in herself once more. Gathering her courage, Gwynne flees the castle and enlists the aid of her animal friends in the nearby woods. With them beside her, Gwynne returns to the castle, faces down the awful knight, and -- with the aid of her fairy godmother and a magic flute -- finds the confidence to become who she always was deep down inside: a fair and shining princess! Lee Edward Födi's illustrations sparkle with gold glitter as they propel readers through this magical, spinning, dancing adventure. Your young readers and listeners will be rooting for Gwynne as she battles belittling bullies and self-doubt to realize her dreams. -- Books of Wonder, New York City; Peter Glassman December 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

AND that's not all...PLEASE scroll down to the next post to check out Stephanie Lisa Tara's newly released Turtle Book!!


  1. Thank you SO much for reviewing Eliza's Forever Trees! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I don't read much middle grade. Glad to see you enjoyed it. :)