I am SO excited to share some news with you! Believe me when I say that this has been the hardest secret I've ever had to keep. :)
If you have been in my library or known me for any length of time, you know that two of my most treasured books are by the wonderful author/illustrator Kate Seredy (pronounced Share-edy.)
The Chestry Oak has been enjoyed by many of you, some returning with tears and saying, like I, that it was one of the most beautiful books you have ever read. This book impacted me very profoundly. When I found my first copy, I was in desperate need of a new winter coat. I bought the book instead. I now own three copies, one for each of my boys.
A Tree for Peter has been called by my friend, Emily Kiser, The...Perfect...Book. Enough said. I also own three copies of this magnificent treasure.
FINALLY, thanks to the tireless work of the Cottrill's, owners of Living Books Library, these books are being brought back into print!!! Purple House Press is reprinting these gems in paperback. A Tree for Peter will be released in early November in paperback for $10.95 just in time for Christmas giving as it is the perfect Advent reading. The Chestry Oak is due out in January in paperback for $12.95. (IOU's for Christmas gifts?) One note about paperbacks. I know many are disappointed that these books are being reprinted in paperback. However, it is VERY expensive to print in hardcover AND modern methods of printing are extremely inferior to the old days. Hardcover books are now, for the most part, glued rather than stitched which causes them to easily crack. Hardcover books are very susceptible to this since the cover is not flexible like the soft covers are. There are many times that I will choose a soft cover over a new hardcover. At least these books will be able to be enjoyed by many more children.