Another winner by the wonderfully talented Mrs. D.!
To get an idea as to the personality of the author’s main character, here is a picture of a real Royal Palm:
See how it grows so high above all other trees, with a crown of lush green topping a smooth, graceful trunk. You can see how it could be justifiably proud of itself.
And Mrs. D.’s Royal Palm is, indeed, very proud of herself.
As a little growthling, the Royal Palm is well-protected by her sisters–smaller, rougher versions of palm trees. But as she ages and grows, she distances herself from all those who love her, and even from those who would like to be her friend. She sees her height and beauty as a sign that she is more important than anyone else, and cannot be bothered with those physically beneath her.
Ah, but the lessons she learns, one stormy day…
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This is another stellar offering from Mrs. D., a lesson in what happens when pride overruns love and respect. We meet a palm who snubs the world, and who learns a lesson in humility. Overall, though, is the idea of forgiveness and love in the face of rejection.
With lovely illustrations by the highly-talented artist, Chanoa, this is a book that would be a great addition to any child’s library. I highly recommend it.