My Big Tree, is the new children’s book by author Maria Ashworth. A few weeks ago I was speaking to Maria on twitter and I was thrilled to be asked to review her book which is currently available on Amazon.
This is her second published book. It follows Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four. She also has a couple of other books on the go, Iggy Loo is due out in November and Tommy James, The Littlest Cowboy In Reckon’ (1st in series).
Premise – My Big Tree
Soon the little bird is feeling a bit fed up with sharing her space, so decides to move on. She finds a new tree but something is missing.
In the end the bird decides there is one thing way more valuable than nesting in her favourite tree.
Now something that I have not seen before, is a book trailer! I was pretty excited to see that My Big Tree had just that.
Check it out:
What I really love about this trailer, is that it gives you a nice feel for the book design.
Bob D: “I like the doggy mummy, can we get a doggy?” (I quickly changed the subject)
Bob L: “ohhh I would like to climb that tree mummy. Can we read it again?”
I thought this book was a lovely bedtime read. The boys loved looking at the pictures and identifying the different animals.
The thing that swung this book for me was the moral message behind it. I think we all need friends and it important that we remember this in our day-to-day life.
Furthermore, the thing I took away from this book is be careful what you wish for.
I would definitely recommend this book, it is a lovely bedtime read for little ones.
And for something a bit different…
As I mentioned above, I have been lucky enough to speak to the author of this endearing book.
I caught up with Maria the other day and she was kind enough to answer a couple of questions.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I volunteers for the Maud Marks Library Friends Board in Katy Texas where I serve as President, as well as a Member-At-Large for the Friends of the Harris County Library. I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Some of my picture books and middle grade novels manuscripts have been nominated as finalists in several contests. I have also published a handful of short stories through contests and a women’s anthology.
What inspired you to start writing children’s books?
I always had a love of writing as a kid. During my divorce in 2007, I chronicled the events and was seriously thinking about making it into a book to help inspire others. Then I met a man who had five kids and my daughter loved him but not the boys coming in the house even though she had a brother. I tried finding books on having new step siblings but there was nothing out there. So I tried my hand at a picture book and the manuscript was born. My husband and daughter thought I had talent to be a writer. I went to my first Houston SCBWI conference and was inspired. I’ve never stopped writing.
What is your favourite thing about My Big Tree?
When I sought out the illustrator I didn’t have an idea but knew when I found the right illustrator I’d know. Ms. Beougher had a knack for creating sweet dogs. I was hooked. I’m in love with each one of them. I was going to publish it myself, but I met with Clear Fork Publishing about my other work and showed her my illustrated PDF and they loved it. The rest is history.
What advice to you have for aspiring writers?
Don’t let anyone tell you no. I have 235 rejections. Keeping every one of them until I landed a publisher. I held onto a few. The rejections gave me the drive to prove myself.
What are you most looking forward to when it comes to your next project?
My text coming to life!!
So there we have it, from a published author: Don’t give up on your dreams!
And that is not all…
Maria has been kind enough to offer some fun teaching tools, for you to use with your little ones:
My Big Tree Unscramble Worksheet
My Big Tree Phonic Shape Puzzle Worksheet
My Big Tree Phonic Answer Sheet
If you want to find out more about Maria, you can visit her here:
Author: Maria Ashworth
Publisher: Spork imprint of Clear Fork Publishing Media
Date of Publication: August 9, 2016