New Children’s Book Presents Symbolic Interpretation of Life

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Author K. Monica West Smith pens “Where Is Your Tree, Grandma?”

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"Where Is Your Tree, Grandma?” sprang from Smith’s explanation of the concept of longevity to the young girls. Her primary goal with the book is to show young readers that, as she says, “life is eternal.”

In her new children’s story book “Where Is Your Tree, Grandma?” (published by Trafford Publishing), K. Monica West Smith teaches young readers to look at the world through the lens of symbolism and to learn to understand life as their ancestors did.

The idea behind “Where Is Your Tree, Grandma?” is Smith’s exploration of the ways in which young children understand and connect with nature and what she calls ancestral continuity. She suggests that grandparents are a key bank of links to the past and seeing life symbolically. She uses an ageless tree to drive this point home throughout the book.

An excerpt from “Where Is Your Tree, Grandma?”:

“Now let’s see, if we look we might just find one for me, one that’s quite suited, whose growth is not caught with branches that are damaged and shorn by the wind. Perhaps one that’s tall, very hardy and strong, that reaches out – upwards, not down, and facing the sun, maybe one that sways in the gentle breeze, and waves its vines, cascading down like a whirling willow with a veiled crown!”

Smith was inspired to write and illustrate the book through her own interactions with her granddaughters. “Where Is Your Tree, Grandma?” sprang from Smith’s explanation of the concept of longevity to the young girls. Her primary goal with the book is to show young readers that, as she says, “life is eternal.”

About the Author
K. Monica West Smith lives in New York, where she received her education from high school through college. She holds a master’s degree in education and is an experienced educator. She enjoys spending time with her family and peers, traveling and being a mother and grandmother.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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