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TREE SPIRITS: TALES AND ENCOUNTERS *Winner Silver Finalist Medal 2010 INDIE Book Awards* Flexibound – May 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet Olive Press®; 1st edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692001115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692001110
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This lovingly crafted book is a marvel of true stories, quotes, and art created over 15 years. Devoted to nature and nature's invisible caretakers, it is written for real people, those of us who don't easily see and recognize spiritual beings...the author freely admits mistakes made while learning about tree personalitite...mistakes we have made, inadvertently hurting or killing a beloved tree...Preston doesn't just tell us that Earth and life are sacred; she gives concrete examples...This book needs to be read and given to our children, to teach them early on that their impressions are real and valuable, and will add immeasurable richness to life." Susan Lendvay, Ed in Chief --Venture Inward magazine, June/2009

"I think of her as Heather "The Brave" Preston. The breadth of what Heather covers boggles my brain. by dipping into her own experiences "the wonders around us", and histories of diverse cultures, all in a conversational way, she leads readers to spiritual links between themselves and nature...research for the elegant coffee-table book took an eternity. "Time disappeared", she tells me, "in dusty old books, ancient texts, museums and libraries." She learned to be fastidious about "sounds and cadences" while practicing the art of storytelling. She meditated, focusing on Big Questions: Why are we here? What's life all about anyway? Along the way she sliced a major chunk of time...8 years, and battled the State of California in the Supreme Court, over unjust taxation of artists' royalties. She won. She's been artist, writer editor, copyright maven, production expert, legal whizz. business plan architect etc. "I've learned so much" says Heather "The Brave". "Especially how to multitask!" Woody Weingarten, journalist --Ross Valley Reporter, August 18 2010

To read this gorgeous, engaging book is to journey deep into human history, mythology and religion with the kindest and wisest of guides, discovering ancient wisdom about the unseen world around us, the healing power within Nature, and the spiritual bond that connects us to all living things. Heather Preston\'s exquisite illustrations are matched by her delightful writing style that is at times folksy and conversational, poetic and sensory, inspired and inspiring, and always inviting and reassuring to the reader/learner.

Trees play a central role in this book as they do in the quality of our lives, their spirits waiting to be called upon to heal, energize, protect â and yes, even love us. For Heather Preston, it is time to share \"the wonderful store of tree knowledge from cultures across the world\" because they still hold many hidden but enduring truths about the power and importance of trees to our health, well-being, and very survival. Drawing from a treasure trove of personal experiences, shared stories, careful research, and intuitive knowledge, the author-artist leads us into a realm of awareness that will forever change our view of the world and its invisible but nevertheless real dimensions.

Students of all ages and fields will find enough evidence from all these sources to recognize a compelling argument for the existence of spirit within all living organisms. They will come away with a deepened reverence for our beautiful planet Earth and its diversity of life forms, as well as a heightened sense of urgency to stop the mindless destruction of our natural environment at work today. --Sanna Randolph Thomas, Ed D

Tree Spirits is a masteful blend of inspired artwork and informative story telling. Using a cross-cultural approach, the book takes us on a marvelous journey through the legends of tree lore, calling to our remembrance a time when people spoke with trees and learned their secret wisdom. We smile at meeting the chocolate tree spirits of Mesoamerica, and marvel at the fierce independence of the madrone tree. The sheer beauty of the artwork adds even greater depth and dimension to our understanding of tree lore. Informative, entertaining, and uplifting, I recommend this book to anyone who feels a connection with nature or desires to learn more about the invisible realm of nature spirits. --Multisensory Humans: The Evolution of the Soul

From the Publisher

Winner of a silver medal, 2010 INDIE BOOK AWARDS, category: Science/Nature/Environment, this masterful book draws upon a wealth of personal experience, cross-cultural exploration, tree lore, ancient history, shamanic practices, literary quotes, and convincing scientific evidence, all leading us into a realm of awareness that can forever change our view of the world. All ages will find enough evidence from these sources to recognize a compelling argument for the existence of spirit in all life. The exquisite illustrations are inspired and inspiring. A unique, ageless book, it is food for our souls and a gift for all seasons.

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Heather Preston's Biography (click "video" for author's art + voiceover)

Born and educated in Illinois
Graduate: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with honors and distinction
Study throughout Europe; world travel; ongoing cultural and spiritual interests
Represented by leading art galleries in Chicago
Named one of the outstanding artists of Chicago
Taught adult fine arts classes, exhibited widely, then moved to San Francisco 1970
Changed from Fine Art to Illustration career
Graphic Artists Guild: Award of Excellence
American Institute of Graphic Arts: Certificate of Excellence, Book Show
American Institute of Graphic Arts: Traveling Show
Communication Arts Advertising Annual: Award of Excellence
50 Best Books
Bookbuilders West: several Awards of Excellence
Society of Typographic Arts: Award of Excellence
Women In Design International: Certificate of Honor
U.S. Forestry Service, Dept. of Agriculture: 2 "most popular" Smokey Bear posters
* 2001 Won California Supreme Court case: Preston vs. CA State Board of Equalization,
regarding unjust taxation of royalties, and benefiting all CA artists and publishers
Founded Sweet Olive Press®™ to publish "Tree Spirits: Tales and Encounters" book
Won Silver Finalist medal INDIE Book Awards 2010
Member: San Francisco Society of Illustrators (SFSI), past board member
Member: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Member: IBPA Independent Book Publishers Assn.
Illustrated books: (partial list)
Tree Spirits: Tales and Encounters (written and illustrated by Heather Preston)
Remember The Secret, E. Kubler-Ross, Celestial Arts
A Leaf From French Eddy, Harper & Row
Rod McKuen's Book of Days, Harper & Row
Laughing Down Lonely Canyons, Harper & Row
Kinship With All Life, Harper & Row
Our Christian Home and Family, Harper & Row
Light Style I and II (cookbooks), Harper & Row
The Spectrum of Life, Harper & Row
The Rainbow Fields, Enchanté Publishing Co.
The Klutz Book of Knots, Klutz Press
The Future of Being Human, Harper & Row
The World of Sacred Stones, Harper & Row
All The Women of The Bible, Harper & Row
Bioscope, Mayfield Publishing Co.
Botany, Hamilton Publishing Co.
Many text and science books
Commercial product illustrations: Grape Nuts, Quaker Oats,
Del Monte, Amdahl, Tree Top, Fruit and Fiber, Banana Nut Crunch,
The Nature Co., Carnation, Clorox, DFS, Dole, Frito-Lay,
Pacific Tel. Co., CD covers, etc.etc.

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Each story carries an ethereal message of either hope, faith, strength, and love.
Geraldine Lanier
I love reading it over and over.
Donna Bessinger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Day on November 12, 2009
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When you can't get out and commune with nature, wandering through Heather Preston's beautiful book imparts a like feeling of reverence, wonder, and oneness with the universe. But it will inspire you to get out there and make your own connections with the trees around you. Preston supplements tree facts, personal musings, and enchanting art with the viewpoints of Shakespeare, the Bible, world mythology, forest conservationists in the U.S. and East Congo, a wood carver, Chinese tree healers, Emerson, Edgar Cayce, the Findhorn community, and many more--a real smorgasbord for the soul!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Chrzanowski on March 8, 2011
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The artwork in this book is amazing. The chapters well researched. It is no wonder why
this book won a silver medal. Some people can only go into a forest or wooded lot and see dollar figures. Others see life. This book lets you experience that life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Fraser on September 24, 2010
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As a person who lives in a bustling urban setting, this book was a welcome and inspiring reminder about the power of nature. Information, stories, and mythology is presented in a very accessible way. I loved that the author provided easy ways in which anyone can re-connect with the natural world around them. By far, the illustrations are my favorite feature. They are glossy, rich and detailed. This is truly a unique, informative and beautiful book. Great book for gifts or for your own coffee table.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Mooers on April 13, 2010
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Knowing my long-standing interest in and appreciation of big trees, my brother recommended this book to me. Given the ethereal nature of its content, I was skeptical as it's outside the realm of my usual interests and rational world view. But I spend as much time as possible camping and hiking in the redwood forests of northern California and the rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula and was anxious to get someone else's take on nature. I was immediately taken with the gorgeous illustrations and spent time enjoying them all before digging into the the text. Within just a few pages I realized that the author is every bit as good a writer as artist. The stories and anecdotes are beautifully told and masterfully enhanced by copious references to literature, folk tales, history, and science, all of which are carefully intertwined in such a way as to enhance each chapter. It is very clear that the author comes to the topics with a deep background and understanding of her subject matter. She knows her stuff!

I had the good fortune of reading the book just prior to a camping trip in the redwoods and found that it enhanced that experience greatly. I saw lots more than just big trees! While it hasn't shaken me from my rationalist viewpoint, I must confess to having my horizons expanded a bit having read this book and am much more open to alternative viewpoints. There is magic in nature that this book puts into words in ways that I never could. But it's not just trips to the forest that've been enhanced by this book. My view of nature that I encounter in daily life is a bit keener and everything is just that much more interesting.

I would never have guessed it prior to reading this book, but I must confess to being open to more of the same. But, like the thought of going back to mass-produced ice cream after having experienced the really good stuff, I'm afraid the odds of finding another gem like this are pretty slim.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Beal on March 24, 2010
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This is a treasure of a book with inspiring stories and gorgeous artwork. I liked it so much I bought a second for a gift for my sister. Heather Preston wrote a thoughtful and personalized greeting on the invoice that made the book all the more special. The book is a window into the magical, mystical nature of trees and all of the natural world, gently reminding us that intelligence and consciousness are not exclusive to humans.
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