This fiction story of loss, hope, and resiliency was inspired by actual events during the author's childhood growing up in New Orleans. It explores universal themes of natural disaster and rebuilding. In the classroom, this book serves as an effective discussion tool. A free Teacher's Guide and book-related activities are available through a link on this site.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey hurricane relief.
Tree House in a Storm is available through various online stores. See links below on right! Signed copies can be purchased directly through the author: Rachelleburk@gmail.com.
|By||L. Mccarthy "Careful Reader" (half moon bay, ca United States)|
By L. Crittenden "writer & reader" (San Francisco, CA) - Who can't relate to a child's need to create a special place of his or her own? Kenny, the boy in this story, is lucky enough to have a generous tree in his back yard, a sister to join him in his treetop kingdom, and a mother who sends lunch up on a pulley. Rachelle Burk has a special gift for understanding children's fears - the monsters - without giving into them. And when disaster does strike in the form of a hurricane, Kenny copes with a supportive family and a long-term plan. This book comforts with its vision of generational stability and resilience of spirit.
An Unforgettable Story!,
|By||Greg Budig "Author & Illustrator" (St. Cloud, MN) -|
Will be a helpful tool for children to explain how natural disasters can be endured and survived,
A delightful story that brings hope to many people!,
Attention: Elementary Guidance Counselors/Therapists,
"After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, many students were upset when they finally returned to school after a 9 day absence. We were asked as the staff to be sensitive and share resources with them to help calm their fears. I was immediately reminded of [Tree House in a Storm] and knew it was the best resource we could share with our students. I just wanted you to know what a very special book this is and how glad I am that it was available to our students at this time. Thank you for sharing your story with us, and this very special book dedicated to 'survivors of natural disasters worldwide.' It was perfect! Sincerely, Laurie Fernandez" ~ Media Specialist, East Brunswick, NJ (Dec. 2012)