Thank you, Victoria for sharing Twig Stories with your friends.
I’m so impressed by your book Caitlin’s Wish, and your Young Carers
Awareness projects. They truly benefit children who must care for any
family member in need.
It’s wonderful you recognize this, and approach it with passion and sensitivity. Your books not only help children in this situation, but also help adults see the
impact they have on their own children.
Speaking as a parent who relies on my son and daughter every day,
I am grateful for their compassion and understanding.
Thanks for promoting the Young Carers Awareness book series and activities.
So, let me tell you a little about Twig Stories.
They are meant for ages 8 to 12.
The stories are all about what’s happening here in in the Pacific Northwest and western North America.
I live in Snohomish, Washington near active volcanoes and rainforests.
Behind my home is an old growth forest with enormous cedars.
Just for fun, my young daughter Ali and I made up fantastic stories about
tiny, stick creatures named Twigs who live in huge knotholes in these old trees.
The stories are centered on a boyish Twig named Leaf.
There are lots of other Twigs, of course – the wild and rowdy Rustle, the lovely
Feather, courageous Star – who cares for six baby Twigs, by the way,
and the goofy Twig brothers Ruffle and Tuffle who act like birds.
I can’t possibly name all the Twigs in the forest.
Many animals like chipmunks and salamanders help and protect the Twigs, but others – like prairie dogs, bobcats, and eagles – attack them!
During Ali’s 3rd grade year, she learned about climate change, and wondered how our Twigs could possibly cope with the overwhelming consequences of a warmer climate – shrinking glaciers, dying forests, uncontrollable wildfires, habitat loss, floods, and drought.
Keep in mind that here in the Pacific Northwest these climatic events are painfully obvious. In British Columbia we are witnessing entire forests dying and turning rust colored from bark
Massive volcanoes frame our horizons, and remind us daily of shrinking glaciers.
We live close to a temperate rainforest, where the rare spirit bear survives, but is reduced to less than 400 remaining, and even worse, there may only be 40 woodland caribou
left in all of Washington State.
Even the beaver must be reintroduced into threatened habitats near our home to mitigate
flood and drought, which are growing more extreme.
Sadly, the alpine pika is vanishing due to warming temperatures.
It is the first species to be listed as critically endangered due to climate change.
And so many more species are threatened.
So in order to battle climate change,
Ali and I made our Twig stories even more outrageous!
To our surprise, Twigs proved to be pretty stubborn and resourceful.
Not only did they perfect their forest skills, they also had a lot of fun and were very brave
as they faced a warming world.
As a literacy tutor for young readers in elementary school, I often encountered children who worried about global warming and felt it was all beyond their control.
So it wasn’t a great leap to tell Ali’s Twig stories to her friends at school.
The silliness of the Twigs helped them worry less.
When confronting evil bark beetles or sinister, goliath beavers Twigs proved to be
role models of courage and perseverance.
If Twigs could adapt to a changing world, then children felt they could, too.
To further help this effort, Ali and I share the books’ royalties with conservation nonprofits,
especially those with youth programs.
As you already know, it is important children think positively in the face of bewildering,
frightening challenges. Twigs are ingenious.
So are our children. As time goes by, we will face more complex climate change challenges,
which require that ingenuity.
We must be committed to protecting rare species’ habitats and ecosystems.
We must look for and find ways to adapt.
Like Twigs, we will learn to ‘stick together’.
There is sadness in watching a beautiful, natural world change, but there is also a realization
we can protect its biodiversity.
Like Twigs, we are on a journey into climate crisis. Like our children, we must find ways to adapt.
Thank you again, Victoria, for a chance to share my adventure called Twig Stories.
I wish you the best of luck with your new book,
“Who cares for us?”, and your very worthwhile efforts with the
Young Carers Awareness campaign.
Here are my links:
Significant paperback discounts are available through my website’s E-store http://www.twigstories.com
Amazon author page: http://amazon.com/author/jo.marshall
Facebook author page: http://facebook.com/twigstories
Facebook book/fan page: http://facebook.com/twigstoriesbooks
LEAF & THE RUSHING WATERS by Jo Marshall ~ http://www.amazon.com/Leaf-Rushing-Waters-Stories-ebook/dp/B006K9NO3A/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1350875144&sr=1-1
LEAF & THE SKY OF FIRE by Jo Marshall ~ http://www.amazon.com/Leaf-Fire-Twig-Stories-ebook/dp/B004VTCCHU/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1350875144&sr=1-2
Leaf & Echo Peak arrives early 2014!