Why I Have Two Mothers – Earth Day Celebration Tour & 2 Great Giveaways

Posted April 12, 2013 by Melissa in | 7 Comments

As we approach Earth Day, in addition to featuring some great books (2 of which-I’ll Follow the Moon and Snowy White World to Save- I will be reviewing on the 22nd); I also wanted to share a few photos that I’ve taken which demonstate what motivates me to say that I have two Mothers.  The second of course being Mother Nature.  I get out and enjoy nature as much as I can and she constantly inspires me to try in ways big or small to do my part to try to help heal (or at least damage less) our home.

View of Hooks Creek Lake through the trees
Sailboats in the clouds-Salem Willows

Red Railing


Salt Marsh-Cheesequake State Park Matawan, NJ

Salem Harbor, MA

Dusk at Tatum Park-Middletown, NJ

Look to the hills…

Up Maine-My dream house!

View of Marblehead — from Forest River Park, Salem MA

Looking to Heaven

Autumn at Minute Man National Historical Park-Concord, MA

Lone Seagull-Sandy Hook, NJ

Thompson’s Meadow-Salem Woods, MA

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

Find it: Amazon 

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.

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

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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. 

Little Library Mouse by Stephanie Lisa Tara and illustrated by Alex Walton

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Even when you are little, you can imagine big. At closing time a key locks the library, and unlocks the dreams of a little mouse who waits in the shadows. Skipping, sliding, down the pages of books? he steps inside magical stories, inviting readers to come along for the ride. Witty verse and fantastical illustrations celebrate the joys of reading in this tale with innovative charm.

Eliza’s Forever Trees by Stephanie Lisa Tara and illustrated by Alex Walton 

Find it: Amazon 

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.

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

Find it: Amazon 

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.

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

Stephanie Lisa Tara’s Personal Sites: Facebook | Amazon | Website

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7 responses to “Why I Have Two Mothers – Earth Day Celebration Tour & 2 Great Giveaways

  1. I love these! I just love looking at nature photographs and yours are inspiring me to get outside and take some gorgeous Spring photos! Thanks so much for hosting a stop and sharing the photographs!

  2. Such gorgeous pictures Melissa. Thanks so much for sharing them all. I have this set of books and have my post up next week. I won’t do as nice of job though because I don’t have all the photos! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Beautiful pictures! I wrote down the name of the books to give my niece. She’s very active in environmental studies. (she just won an award for a project to help the environment)

  4. I love the pictures. I grew up in Middletown, NJ, so it was a thrill to catch a glimpse of it- and I well remember Sandy Hook! Enjoy Earth Day!

  5. Bea

    Those are gorgeous pictures. The next time you’re near Concord, give me a buzz, maybe we can meet up.

    I liked I’ll Follow the Moon, it was cute. Gwyneth is nice too, with lovely artwork.

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