Published finally! The Catalpa Tree Fairy and Other Stories
“The Catalpa Tree Fairy and Other Stories” is a collection of short stories inspired by my life, with a healthy dose of fantasy.
One of my favorite activities is to see in our backyard with a cup of tea, accompanied by my cats. The scene is never boring, not just because of the cats, but because there are so many beautiful trees and birds and other creatures that never fail to entertain. Of course there are insects too – some of them are less entertaining, more of a nuisance! And on the days when the weather is less pleasant, I can sit inside (still with tea, and usually a cat) and watch the birds eating from the feeders outside my window. So, these stories feature the trees and birds found in my backyard, my beloved cat who passed on a few years ago and is still greatly missed, and a variety of characters drawn from my imagination, or were some of them real?
In the title story, Naida and her little group of young tree fairies learn how to take care of their newly assigned trees, and each other. The others include the story of Paul who enjoys the company of a beautiful songbird, Zoe who has a favorite professor who turns out to be even more unusual than she first thought. Maria meets an interesting old woman and her cat living in the forest. Joey always wanted a pet and is delighted when a special cat chooses to live with him. Astrid is a young mermaid whose love of dolphins helps her learn to sing.
I hope many people enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Oh, and the artwork is by my husband, Yuichi Tanabe.