My children's middle-grade visionary environmental fantasy WIND is available now!
One of the characters is a forest goddess, a shape-changing tree spirit. She feels mythic and real to me; I see her in my mind's eye as a wise guide.
After finishing the book, I started wondering if there were any "real" goddesses like the one I had imagined into story-being. Whoa! There are many forest and tree goddesses from nearly every culture. View More...
Below I have attached PDF if you would like to take a sneak peek at whats inside!
"Wind by Ellen Dee Davidson is simultaneously like walking through a field in bloom on a perfect spring day and like walking into Narnia or the Wizard of Oz—full of suspense, magical imagery, and an adventurous quest.
Katie’s world is already unraveling as her parents discuss a possible divorce. As their last argument becomes so heated that Katie herself gets involved—saying and doing mean things that she now regrets—Katie experiences a literal and figurative earthquake. An earthquake that rocks her world and sends her into an In-between place and into an adventure unlike any other. As Katie meets Za, a young, blue, gnome-like alien whose guardian sends them on a journey quest by giving them two gifts, she and Za discover new forms of beauty and interconnectedness both in themselves, each other, and in the world around them.
Rife with scientific facts about the Earth’s ecosystem and woven as a tapestry like the elemental design of nature, with bits of Mexican and Irish history and heritage teachings, this book also offers a mirror into other cultures and into our own world. The writing in this book is the most poignant in the scenes where the author describes the trees’ support systems, their root structure, and the way they support one another and the rest of nature. In these passages, the writing is seamless, and it carries a passion that I think almost anyone can relate to. I loved the reminder that the Earth and human inhabitants are in a symbiotic relationship. Ellen’s writing was not only that reminder, but also carried a warning for the consequences should we fail to hold up our end of this contract with the Earth. Dania says in the book, “What I’m saying is that as you heal yourselves you will also be healing your Earth."
Written in a style like that of Chronicles of Narnia, Wind by Ellen Dee Davidson is a
dystopian, middle grade novel that illuminates the intricate harmony which exists in nature and in society, reminding all readers that we each have an impact on the world around us." -- Rachel McMahon, for Kids Lit Book Café.
“Davidson's Wind blends fantasy, mythology, and environmental awareness in a colorful quest that spans time and space. Fast-paced, lively, and often funny, Katie's journey to become her better self and her adventures in a magical realm far from her home make for an engaging narrative.” -- Book Life Prize
“Overall, the whole story is well-written and magical from the beginning until the end. It was a fun and amazing read! Well done!” -- Readers Favorites
“The crispiness of the writing, the unforgettable characters, and the cunning plot will have readers racing through the pages of this book. Ellen Dee Davidson melds the art of descriptive prose with the quirkiness in character and exciting dialogues to touch the hearts of readers in unexpected ways. It is, simply put, a lovely adventure with a delightful end.” -- The Book Commentary
“Davidson delivers an entertaining story with a forward-moving balance of action and dialogue. The latter often includes words of wisdom such as "Each day is a gift" to complement the idea of an interconnected ecosystem and the sentiment that if humans learn to heal themselves, they'll also heal the earth.” -- Blue Ink Reviews
KIRKUS REVIEWS "Davidson shares her passion for fantasy and the environment in this vibrant novel. Katie’s character is grounded by the threat of her parents’ divorce. She also bonds, despite the bickering, with Za, whose parents live on different planets. Younger readers will recognize familiar fantasy components, including Kira, a lion; elemental dragons; and Seidon, the lord of the waterways. Love for nature shines as the author’s overarching message; for example, Seidon says, “Although I continue to sense the other waters... Many are now polluted, and I can’t reach them.” An excellent scene showing the connection between trees and fungi gives adventure fans a topic for further study. Also noteworthy is that Katie and Za could not look more different, but they win by embracing their similarities. A winged horse named Wind stays with Katie in the end, hinting at further escapades. A bright, vividly told tale that will bring readers closer to the natural world"
This outstanding short work packs a lot of punch into a story that will appeal to young fantasy readers." –Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"A wonderful, fast-paced, fantasy story, packed full of amazing characters and fascinating scenes. A SILVER winner and highly recommend." Reader's Choice.
Upper Middle Grade -- Young Adult Dystopia
Shortlisted, American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project, honoring feminist books for youth (2006) ALA
Selected, International Youth Library 2006 White Ravens Catalogue of outstanding children's & YA books Library
Reviewed in School Library Journal, Locus, VOYA, ForeWord, KLIATT, genrefluent.com, teensreadtoo.com, and by Cindy Mitchell, President of the Utah Educational Library Media Association
Selected by an Ontario School Board to be in the "Battle of the Books" along with classics like The Giver and Witch at Blackbird Pond Battle of Books
Translated into German and Danish, made into Youtube Videos by German kids Videos
"An excellent piece of science fiction, rated ESSENTIAL -- first priority for purchasing no matter how small or large your budget."
--Cindy Mitchell, President, Utah Educational Library Media Association
From School Library Journal:
"Grade 6-9. In the vein of The Giver and Brave New World, and told through lyrical language that creates electrifying sounds and visuals, this book uncovers the problems in a puppet-mastered utopia. As a 15-year-old in Noveskina, Miri is about to go through the Masking ritual that will bond her to her age-mates. According to the rules of her society, everyone must have a talent to be Masked, and, when hers is not revealed, she is relegated to being a servant for the rest of her life. Instead, Miri decides to run from the Masker and her fate, and discovers the Secret Valley, where people are not restrained by the politeness and creepy accord of Noveskina. She also discovers the sinister secret behind her world. However, it is Miris choice to fight everything she has known that has the most powerful impact. While the story ends a little too neatly, it is definitely a page-turner that will keep readers captivated from the start. Recommend it to teen girls struggling with their identity and teachers looking for a fresh glimpse of a society in which free will has been removed."
-–Rainey Wyatt, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
PRINCESS JUSTINA ALBERTINA
When my daughters, Jessica and Michelle, were growing up they wanted more and more pets. At one time we had three cats, a dog, a bunny, a hamster, a cockatiel, chickens and a horse! Of course, my children took very good care of their pets, but in some ways I was just like Nanny, running around the house saying, "Oh dear!"
Translated into Korean
Selected as a Best Read Aloud Picture Book
Carol Hanson Sibley
Minnesota State University Moorhead
From School Library Journal:
"PreSchool-Grade 1—Princess Justina Albertina likes getting her own way. Her nanny, when faced with a choice between a headache-inducing royal tantrum or giving in to the princess's demands, always caves. So when the youngster insists on getting the perfect pet, her nanny does her best to oblige, scouring the Earth for unusual animals. None of them is quite right, though: the puffer fish ignores the princess, she cannot ride the two-headed dog, and the monkey scares too easily. Finally, the nanny returns with a fierce gryphon, which the princess declares is perfect. This time, however, Princess Justina Albertina has bitten off more than she can chew, with tragic results. The book's cover hints at what is to come: while the princess dances in the background, a grim-faced nanny holds up a sign that reads, 'A Cautionary Tale.' Humorous details pack the cartoon illustrations, which are done with a mix of watercolor, colored pencil, and gouache. The nanny's outfit changes for each expedition: lederhosen for the unicorn, a wet suit for surfing Australia's shark-infested waters. The princess is frankly repulsive, with buck teeth, a piggy nose, and fierce green eyes glaring through round glasses. Nanny and the rejected pets clearly find her intimidating. The busy spreads contrast well with the dramatic conclusion, in which the nanny is left standing all alone, saying 'Oh, dear.' The end result is a deliciously satisfying tale about the dangers of acting like a spoiled princess."
—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
"Each of the books has been read aloud to numerous children to obtain feedback. The feedback was provided by college students, teachers, librarians and parents."
"In a classroom of twenty-five kindergarteners, the room was completely silent as this story was read aloud. Many students commented that Princess was very bossy and rude to her nanny. Readers found the ending to be a complete surprise, and many children thought it was quite funny!"
Young children love this as a read aloud
"We started the lesson by reading Zoe the Misfit, a story about a green triangle who feels like she doesn't fit in.
Then, we talk about how sometimes we find friends by things that are the same about us (i.e. we both like to play tag). Students are then given a shape, but keep it turned down so no one else can see it. When everyone has a shape, the students look at what they have and have to find their shape group. Then, once the groups are made, students find their color group. We talk about how there are many different ways to make friends.
We conclude by each student saying something they like and students who like the same thing stand up. This helps students connect with the rest of their class and create new friendships." Elementary School Counseling.org Kindergarten lesson created by Bailey Parks
Zoe the Misfit
Zoe, The Misfit is frequently used in schools to teach kids self-esteem, respect, tolerance, skills for making new friends, as well as shapes and colors.
No Ordinary Words
"Something magical happens when we find our life experience reflected in the eyes of another woman. Somewhere in this book, is a story that was written for you. Sit around the campfire, listen intently. Find the women who are Just Like You and exhale. We are all connected." Danielle MacLeod, Author Remarkably Easy"
This book of heart-felt tales explores the interwoven female experience across physical, emotional and spiritual realms, revealing just how connected we all truly are. At times, my heart was in my mouth as I read words that resonated with me to my core. This inspiring collection weaves together earth-shaking pain with small joys and an all-encompassing sense of hope." Jennifer Lane, Author The Wheel: A Witch's Path Back To The Ancient Self"
I was very touched by the courage and wisdom of the souls who shared their stories and verse within. In today's world, it's easy to feel that the burdens we hold are ones we carry alone. However, after a careful read of the soul-baring accounts within, you will find solidarity in realizing others experience seasons of deep pain, confusion, or trauma too— but have also found paths of hope to overcome their steepest life challenges. These authors have given me hope and made me feel less alone in the struggle of life, and I trust that they will impart the same inspiration to you." Kirby Trapolino, Founder & Director, She Has Hope
"Such enthralling & moving stories I felt myself gripped by each and every one. And the collection left me in awe of the strength of the women in these stories ...Thank you for sharing your words." Tim Elliott, Host, REmarkable Podcast"
From mental health to nature connectedness, from fertility to menopause, belonging and community, this book explores the deeper aspects of life with an open honesty and authenticity found amongst friends.
All proceeds from this book go to two women’s charities, by buying this book you will be supporting the work of TreeSisters and She Has Hope.
"I felt a sense of connection to all of these heart wrenching and inspiring stories from women in a deeply moving way. Each one describes trials and tribulations, pain and jubilation that we as women experience and yet that are often left unspoken. When I read these stories I felt grateful for these voices. We often underestimate the bravery it takes to articulate the emotion behind the experiences we face as women, yet when we read them we fully resonate with each word. No Ordinary Words will leave women in awe of how ‘Extraordinary’ we are." Dhipa Lee, Author Written
"There is something deeply strengthening and nourishing about creative weaving. Couple that with honesty and love and you have a recipe for beauty made visible and a resource to return to again and again. This book, crafted from the heart of women and TreeSisters globally is a celebration of womans lived wisdom, passed on like life gifts for the taking. Enjoy." Clare Dubois, Founder TreeSisters.