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Tree Talk [Kindle Edition]

Ana Salote
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Book Description

Galooshty - a billowing wind, 'like someone's shaking out a wet sheet in the sky.'

When charlie climbs into his tree house, he also climbs into the tree's mind. Not only does he learn a thousand names for weather, but, in a shattering moment of insight, he sees the future of the earth.
Charlie begins a project to save his own garden, not knowing that he will soon be called to much greater things.
Meanwhile the tree, Ash, learns how to think like a human. He struggles to understand beauty, humour and imagination. At first he is full of wonder and admiration but when his friend, the rat, tries to persuade him that humans are vermin, Ash begins to have doubts.
Eventually plants and animals sit in judgement on the human race and ask: might the planet be better off without them?
Which way will Ash cast his vote?

''Wonderful...contemporary as tomorrow's newspaper.''
Tim Smit (CEO Eden Project)

''This is a story for all human children, even if they consider themselves grown-ups. I hope that many children will read this and get a glimpse of the wonder and awesomeness of life, that they will follow Charlie's example of loving life and treating it with deep respect.''
Ian Roderick (Director, Schumachher institute)

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Galooshty-a billowing wind, 'ike someone's shaking out a wet sheet in the sky'. When Charlie climbs into his tree house, he also climbs into the tree's mind. Not only does he learn a thousand names for weather, but, in a shattering moment of insight, he sees the future of the earth. Charlie begins a project to save his own garden, not knowing that he will soon be called to much greater things. Meanwhile the tree, Ash, learns how to think like a human. He struggles to understand beauty, humour and imagination. At first he is full of wonder and admiration but when his friend, the rat, tries to persuade him that humans are vermin, Ash begins to have doubts. Eventually plants and animals sit in judgement on the human race and ask: Might the planet be better off without them? Which way will Ash cast his vote? This is an environmental parable for all ages set against a background of oil wars and climate change. This book involves children in the most important questions facing the world today in a quirky and original way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Speaking Tree; 1 edition (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WPCSGS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love all things wild. I forage and grow anything that will survive the wild haven that is my allotment. I gave up on surplus some years ago to do what I love, roam the Mendips and write.

I am currently working on The Waifs of Duldred trilogy, a crossover fantasy for ages 9 to 90.
Oy Yew is the first in the series, originally self-published, it has now been republished by Mother's Milk Books.

http://anasalote.blogspot.co.uk/

anasalote@aol.com




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5.0 out of 5 stars breath of fresh air. 22 Feb. 2012
By R.B.H
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i get this book, i really do get it. if you are set in your ways, have a closed mind or are a financial services employee-walk on it's not for you. however, if you have heart, soul, imagination and a natural free spirit you'll love it. i could not put it down. it made me smile, cry, and gave me deep joy. the narrative flows from the heart of someone who cares, someone who can engage and communicate on a deep level. ANA SALOTE has tapped into our ancestral past when humans had a symbiotic relationship with the flora and fauna of this planet. for that i thank her deeply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite books 18 July 2012
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There I stood, no more than mildly curious about the bobbling glowballs around me, when I was rocked from roots to shoots. A wave of light washed through me; I felt Charlie with his hand joined to me like an extra branch and I knew the world as Charlie knew it. I could see! The energy blobs had forms and faces beyond imagination.... Charlie was standing back from me, open-mouthed with his arms hanging loose and my own green light dappling his skin.
"Mum."
"Just a minute."
"Mum."
"What?"
"The tree. I know how it feels."

Young Charlie and the tree in his garden are both shocked to find they can communicate with each other. Since it's clear that they are the only ones who can do this, they make a pact of secrecy.

The most delightful story unfolds, in the most ordinary of surroundings. I read this book to my mum when she was dying in hospital, and although often only semi-conscious or semi-lucid, she wanted me to read this book and finish it!

This book has depths of insights and wisdom, couched in a story for children of all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars .. a root and branch review of mankind ! 20 Oct. 2012
By jk
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A very different and interesting book which I enjoyed very much. The author seems to have hit a Harry Potter type zone where all ages can see something different. We look at the world not just through a childs eyes but through the "eyes" of his friend the tree. There are some quite pointed observations about politics, priorities, emotions and economics -- about life I guess - all bound up in a simple story about how a boy and a tree discover they can communicate with each other. I love the bits where the tree watches the TV - but no more of that - you'll have to read it. The reason I give the book 4 out of 5 rather than full marks is just that I felt there was a bit of inconsitency here and there between the imaginative and the ridiculous. I know that sounds daft when we are talking about a talking tree but the good imaginative bits sort of put you in a state of mind where you can visualize events and the ridiculous bits don't quite get you there. All in all though, a very enjoyable read for trees and people of all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and Enjoyable 27 July 2013
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Having read a feel good book previously, I thought I would continue the trend. I found Tree Talk by Ana Salote in my library and decided there wouldn't be anything too horrific or depressing about a child and a tree. While I was right to think this, the material in the book is certainly sad in places, but Salote has a knack for juxtaposing the negative content with the more uplifting and hopeful.

I appreciated the new perspective of a tree. I can't recall ever reading something from a tree's point of view without it being very human-esque. From the beginning of the book I found the consciousness of a tree to be convincing. It was a pleasant idea and easy to grasp. The connection between child and tree was a touch of necessary magic which allowed the reader to get into the mind of the tree (or perhaps, it's better described as the tree being in the mind of a human). This book makes references to oil wars and global warming, concepts which most people are familiar with. Salote herself says she wrote this book 'because of human ego-driven planet wrecking. I wanted to give a voice to the innocent bystanders: the plants and animals'. Well, I think she succeeded marvellously.

Salote uses language that a child could understand, apart from a few words that they may need a dictionary or Google to look up the definition for, and this makes the book accessible. With modern society the way it is, it seems increasingly important to encourage younger generations to become aware of the impact their behaviour has on a wider scale.
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