Item description for The Little Tern: A Story of Insight (Hidden Spring) by Brooke Newman & Lisa Mann Dirkes...
Overview A beautifully illustrated modern fable in the spirit of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Hope for the Flowers The Little Tern is the enchanting story of a bird who one day discovers he has lost the ability to fly. Life becomes meaningless and, deserted by his airborne friends, he is left alone on the shore. But then new friends arrive and they bring with them a fresh view on life. Through this experience and the friendships that are formed from it, the Little Tern encounters things he had never noticed before. And soon he realizes that life is much richer than he had previously known and discovers that our real strength comes from our seeming weakness.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2002
Series Hidden Spring
ISBN 1587680165 ISBN13 9781587680168
Availability 0 units.
More About Brooke Newman & Lisa Mann Dirkes
Newman received an award from the pacific Northwest Writer's Guild for her one-act play, "My Mother's Lovers".
Brooke Newman currently resides in Aspen, in the state of Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Little Tern: A Story of Insight?
THE LITTLE TERN is a charming story. Jul 7, 2004
THE LITTLE TERN is a philosophical fable that has been designed as a picture book. It tells the tale of a little bird who suddenly cannot fly. All birds are supposed to fly, and a tern is designed to fly and soar through the skies, darting for food in the sea.
Since the Little Tern can't fly he's forced to live on the beach, walking awkwardly in the waves and watching the fog roll in, pondering who he is and his purpose in life. Is a bird still a bird if he has to remain earthbound?
Season follows season and gradually the Little Tern makes some friends. He searches for meaning in the little things he observes --- things he never noticed before when he could fly. As he gradually learns to make the very best of things as he finds them, he discovers a secret that enriches his life. Will it help him fly again, or will it just help him live without being able to fly?
THE LITTLE TERN is a charming story with beautiful watercolor illustrations. The words themselves draw their own pictures for you and will make you think about what the purpose of living really is.
--- Reviewed by Tamara Penny
A thoughtful modern-day parable of inspiration May 17, 2002
Brooke Newman's The Little Tern: A Story Of Insight is a thoughtful modern-day parable of inspiration, suitable for readers of all ages and faiths. When a tern loses the ability to fly, he fears that he has lost all that is important and central to his life... but then he makes new friends who bring him to a fresh and self-renewing perspective. Soft, watercolor-style illustrations by Lisa Mann Dirkes add a pervasive and gentle beauty to this heartfelt tale. Enthusiastically recommended for personal reading or as a fine giftbook for a friend or loved one, The Little Tern is a truly memorable and touching story.
Inspirational Apr 5, 2002
I found the Little Tern both moving and inspirational. A welcomed piece of wisdom to all of us during these difficult times. The writing and illustrations work brilliantly together to create a memorable journey for the reader. A book not to be missed!
Timely Book Mar 31, 2002
This book is so timely. I thought it was great. I gave it to a couple of friends and I think that everyone should read it.
Thoughtful, timely story Mar 17, 2002
I loved this charming story. This Little Tern is a character of great importance to anyone who has gone through difficult times in their lives. The bird has such resiliency; finding ways out of his struggles that he truely is a hero of mine. I highly recommend this beautiful book!