A few Decembers ago, a woman from my church, Lynn, read one of my posts about my favorite Christmas books. She asked me if I’d read A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy and said it was one of her favorite books, that she read it to her boys year after year, that it was a family favorite, dearly loved.
I knew Seredy’s name–she wrote The Good Master and The Singing Tree and The White Stag–but I hadn’t read or even heard of A Tree for Peter. There’s a good reason for that: it’s out of print and very hard to find…unless you want to pay a small fortune, which even bibliophilic moi cannot quite manage.
When I told Lynn that I couldn’t afford the used copies I’d found online, she gave me a book of my own: she photocopied A Tree for Peter, punched holes in the sides of the copies, slipped the pages inside Christmas-paper-wrapped cardboard covers, and tied it all together with red ribbon. I was thrilled when she handed it to me at church the next week.
And then I read it. Oh, friends, this is such a good book! Beautiful, hopeful, joyful–exactly what our often ugly, often cynical, and often despairing world so desperately needs.
Which is why I am so happy to be able to share with you what I just learned from my friends at Living Books Library: A Tree for Peter is being republished!
If you would like to order a copy (and I hope you will–for yourself, for a child in your life, for someone who needs to be reminded that we all of us have a role to play in the drama of creation and redemption), head on over to Living Books Library and order a copy (or three). Go soon. The pre-sale (18% off) lasts only through the end of the month.
Just for the record: I get no money, no fame or fortune, no payback of any kind if you order a book. I’m sharing this news simply because I was so excited to hear it myself, because this book I love that’s been very hard to come by is now going to be available again, and because I am so very glad about that. And because I believe good news ought to be shared.