Children’s Story Tackles Challenges of Change and Growth

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Tammara Or Slilat’s new book on finding courage in youth

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Through a story about a tree that fears growth and change, Tammara Or Slilat addresses the difficulties children face as they grow older and shows them how to find courage in “The Tree Who Didn’t Want to Grow.”

The book is intended for children ages 3 to 10, for whom changes in life can often be frightening. The young readers quickly learn that life forces them to change, and that if they fail to embrace change, they run the risk of being constantly miserable, like the little tree in the story. The book helps young readers find the courage to face their own difficulties and come to terms with the changes life throws at them.

“While watching my children grow up and helping them deal with the transitions in their lives, I noticed how hard it was for them, as for any human being, to adjust to new situations and conditions,” said Or Slilat. “The natural human tendency is to remain in the same familiar surroundings, but change and the challenges that come with it are what make us grow and develop.”

In this meaningful and humorous book, young readers are given the opportunity to use their imagination and become co-creators of the book by adding text bubbles and coloring its beautiful black and white illustrations.

“The Tree Who Didn’t Want to Grow”
By Tammara Or Slilat
ISBN: 978-1-48288-125-7 (softcover); 978-1-48288-126-4 (eBook)
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Partridge Publishing

About the author
Tammara Or Slilat is an acclaimed poet and a writer. She has been an English teacher for 26 years. Or Slilat is also a painter and a poet, and has had many group and individual exhibitions. She obtained her BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University and her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Bar-Illan University. She won the Jordan Valley Creativity award in 2004. To learn more, visit


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