Story Teaches Children the Power of Inclusion, Friendship

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New children’s book uses story of Christmas tree to illustrate uplifting tale of acceptance

Popularity can often become the center of a child’s life. How many films and books are filled with examples like being chosen last for kickball? In The Scrawny Little Tree (published by WestBow Press), author Sandra Corley uses the story of a lonely little tree to show young readers the importance of acceptance.

There were so many beautiful trees Jeri couldn’t decide which on to buy. Then she saw the little tree standing alone in the corner. She saw something special about that little tree – but she walked away. Then she came back. Jeri looked at the little tree again and gently touched his branches. “She wouldn’t want me,” he thought.

Scrawny the Tree is a smaller tree, who doesn’t stand out amongst his larger brethren. He has to make himself known to even be chosen for inclusion into the picked load going to the Christmas tree sale lot. His journey isn’t as easy as he believed, and once at the lot he’s disappointed to find out his small stature continues to plague him.

Ten days after Scrawny arrives, a nice woman named Jeri comes to the lot looking for a tree for her club’s Christmas show. He is certain Jeri will choose one of the larger, more attractive trees, but she doesn’t. She chooses Scrawny, and gives him a set of beautiful decorations and plants him back in the woods to grow again when Christmas is over.

The Scrawny Little Tree is an inspirational book that provides children an accessible and familiar example of the power of popularity, one that encourages them to include everyone in their social circles.

About the Author
Sandra Corley is the grandmother of seven wonderful children. She has worked with children as a volunteer in elementary schools, church and the community. She loves to encourage people, especially children, and show them everyone is unique and special. Sandra grew up and still lives in the Old Hickory and Hermitage area of Nashville, Tenn.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, the world’s premier Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI)—the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press will be evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call 866-928-1240.

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