Is Trees of the Book gonna be The Next Big Thing?
I have been tagged by Jan Cox author of Tadeo Turtle.
Here are my answers to the questions:
What is the (working) title of your book?
The activity book, Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation, will be coming out in the spring of 2013.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
As an avid walker, I have a love and appreciation for nature, especially walking through the woods. I also like to read the Bible and found myself curious about the trees mentioned in scripture. At the time I started my research I was actively involved in children’s ministry in my church so wanted to share what I learned in an entertaining format for the children. I produced one-sheets to fit into the weekly bulletins and featured one tree a week for seven weeks. I collected these together and added facts about each tree with fun activities. And voila, I had the beginnings of this book!
What genre does your book fall under?
Trees of the Book is written for children in grades two and three. It can also be used for teachers as a supplemental book to the Growth & Changes in Plants curriculum for Canadian teachers.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I could see such a book being narrated by someone from Veggie Tales, like Bob the Tomatoe, as the stories are brought to life through cartoon characters that would appeal to young children…maybe Larry the Cucumber.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Take a tour of 7 different trees in the Bible and discover the stories God has to tell through them.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published. I am working with Diane from ByDesign Media to publish the book and Esther Haug to create the illustrations.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started in 2008 and played with the manuscript over the years.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Peter Black, a Canadian author, had mentioned that he put together his book Parables from the Pond after sharing it with his church audience one story at a time.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Each of the seven chapters includes a Bible story told from the viewpoint of the tree, fast facts to help identify the specific tree, and an activity to help reinforce the truth in the lesson. Challenging questions support each story. Glossary and “People of the Bible” sections at the back of the book define words highlighted in bold. Project suggestions are provided to supplement your learning.