Coming Soon!

Wind

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My children's visionary fantasy WIND is coming out soon. Middle-Grade

 

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!

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"

“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

 

Available Books

STOLEN VOICES

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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

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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!" 
 

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WILD PATH TO THE SACRED HEART
      Click on the link above to view Awakening Women Gaia Books 

Adult Forest Bathing Memoir

 

Along with wild animal encounters, the author has even wilder spiritual experiences as she hikes and meditates alone in the ancient redwood forest several days a week for over nine years. The trees are talking to Ellen! And they are also acting like giant antenna connecting her to spirit to nature. Ideas flow from this unified consciousness into the author about how humans can work with and learn from nature to restore themselves and the Earth.

Reviews: "Lucsious like a fairy tale but true"A compelling gem, a fountain of inspiration and insight on opening ourselves to nature","A beautiful book", "This book provides a spiritual boost", "Authentic walk into a magic forest", "Captivating and inspiring", "Transported into deep nature", "This book is a wonder",Wildly inspiring",  "This book truly is a guide"

 
 
 
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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.