If You Listen to the Trees by Wende Essrow



After a long day of hiking and drawing, Gwendolyn warmed up by the woodstove. As the logs crackled and sparked, forest secrets unfurled in the colorful flames. Gwendolyn, a young artist, spends a lot of time in the woods that surround the cabin where she lives. She learns to hear the trees share their favorite memories as they burn in the woodstove and release their spirits. An old chestnut tree fondly remembers watching playful otters on moonlit nights slide over his roots, down the snow covered riverbanks, and splash into the water below. Each tree has a beautiful story to tell-for those of us ready to listen.