2018-03-02 / Community

Author to visit

Cape Elizabeth author Sandy Shapiro Hurt will be at the South Portland Public Library’s main location at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, for a party to celebrate her new book, “Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree.” The event will start at 10:30 a.m. with an author reading, followed by activities based on the story and book signings. Books will be available to purchase at the event through Bull Moose.

“Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree” spins a story of adventure, imagination and the importance of home. Bold, adventurous Sylvia Rose loves visiting the animals and trees of the forest. The girl and her favorite cherry tree share almost everything, including dancing and stories, but they can’t travel the world together because the tree is rooted deep in the earth. Determined to overcome this obstacle, Sylvia Rose enlists her animal friends to uproot the glorious tree, and Sylvia and the tree set off globetrotting together, taking in the wonders of the world from the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House, each sight more amazing than the last.

Back home in the forest, however, the animals begin to suffer without the food and shelter of their life-sustaining cherry tree. Can the tree give up her newfound freedom and return to her role in the forest ecosystem?

Hurt has been passionate about ecology and the abundant life the forest supports since her childhood. She left Maine to pursue careers in the feature film industry and in event design and planning, but has returned to her roots with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of chickens. “Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree” is her first children’s book.

The author event will also mark the end of the library’s Winter Reading Program, and falls one day after Read Across America Day. Winter Reading Program participants can claim their prizes and celebrate reading with a local author.

For more information, call youth services at 767-7660, ext. 3.

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