Introducing Ann Ramsey

We have an amazing park in Silt – River Park. Local dog lovers – me included – have taken over the park and dubbed it Dogland. It’s a natural island wildlife sanctuary where dogs are allowed off leash.

My malamute, Zeus and I visit the park almost daily. For me – and probably Zeus, too – it’s not only a spiritual place I go to view wildlife and think, but it’s also a great place to meet people.

Ann Ramsey is one of those special Dogland people. We met while walking our dogs. Her regal little blond cocker spaniel is Honey. Usually we talk about our dogs or the weather. Then one day last fall, Ann told me about a picture book she wrote and illustrated, Me, the Tree.

She said she was self-publishing her book and would be releasing it sometime after the holidays. Since I’m a self-published author, our friendship instantly took on a new dimension. Now we latch onto each other and yak about all things writing, publishing, and promoting.

Ann is a wonderful writer, and my new friend. The photographic illustrations in Me, the Tree are so spell-binding and unique. I feel fortunate to introduce her and share her new book with everyone.

My review of Me, the Tree is published at Midwest Book Review, Bookideas.com, and Amazon:

Like Alvin Tresselt’s classic The Dead Tree, the life of a tree is the foundation for this parable about self-realization. Tucked inside its pinecone cocoon, the seed travels on the evening breeze to its new home in the meadow. With a lot of help from the rain, the pinecone breaks down and the seed is free to sprout.

Deep in the meadow floor the sapling struggles to fulfill its destiny to become a tall tree. As it reaches toward the sun, the tiny tree provides shelter for wildflowers and birds. The tree also learns that rain and snow and wind are all necessary in order to grow strong. In fact it is through loving nature that the tree understands the true meaning of its own roots.

Ramsey’s digital, enhanced photos are the perfect medium for illustrating both the power and sensitivity of nature. The pine cone’s deep blue eyes create a personality and an emotional attachment to the story. The eyes will certainly capture children’s attention – much like Hidden Pictures – while they hunt for them on each page as the sapling grows into a tree. And in turn the little tree’s story will open their eyes to the wonders of nature. Meanwhile adults will discover a poetic chronicle that reminds us what really matters in our lives. The universal theme of individuality gives Me, the Tree an enduring quality reminiscent of Douglas Wood’s Old Turtle. I recommend this book for all ages.

Be sure to visit her web site at Me, the Tree.

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One Comment on “Introducing Ann Ramsey”

  1. Cele Says:

    Beautiful. And Peggy you are right Ann Ramsey phographs are definately capitvating.

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