The Trees Have Hearts by Mrs D – Review & Giveaway

The Trees Have Hearts

The Trees Have Hearts – Book Review

Have you ever felt alone – always on the outside, looking in? Have you ever wanted to make new friends but felt unable to reach out? Have you ever wanted to be included in the activities of others but somehow were always overlooked?

Imagine how you would feel if you were a beautiful little girl – alone in a new country – unable to speak the native language. How sad would you feel if no one would talk to you – play with you – try to be your friend?

What would you do?

That’s the story behind The Trees Have Hearts by Ms. D – winner of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award.

Moms Choice Award

In The Trees Have Hearts, our young heroine turns to nature and uses her imagination to make new friends and learn to rise above her challenges. In the process, she discovers strengths and inner resources she never knew she had – and learns the true meaning of friendship.

The Trees Have Heart is written from personal experience and is one of my favorite Mrs. D. Books to date. The illustrations by Juli Hasegawa are gorgeous and bring the story to life!

If you are looking for a beautifully written, beautifully illustrated inspirational children’s book for someone special – you can’t go wrong with The Trees Have Heart!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

The Trees Have Hearts – Video

About Mrs. D.

Mrs D

Mrs. D. (Olga D’Agostino), an award-winning children’s author, was born in western Ukraine. She lived in the historical city of Lviv, where she studied business in Lviv Business College and worked in the food industry. In 1992 she immigrated to the USA with her two small daughters and for years worked in her own business. In 2011, she began her career as a writer, focusing on writing children’s books that have meaning and provide valuable lessons.

One of her children’s books, The Trees Have Hearts, won a 2013 Mom’s Choice Award. She is a member of SCBWI and speaks a few languages fluently. She lives in the famous town of Smithville, NJ, with her husband Patrick and a meticulous old cat named Nyda.

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The Trees Have Hearts – Book & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway

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To celebrate Children’s Book Week 2014, Create With Joy and Mrs. D. are participating in the 2014 Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop!

One lucky winner will receive:

  • A Paperback Copy of The Trees Have Hearts
  • A $25 Amazon Gift Card

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73 Responses to “The Trees Have Hearts by Mrs D – Review & Giveaway”

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  1. Trish says:

    I enjoyed the video. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    I am new to this author; the books look enchanting, girls would love to read them and the graphics are great.

  3. Piroska says:

    Being an immigrant myself, and moving to Canada when I was 5, I can relate so well.
    I’d love to read the book to my grand-daughter, and I know she’d love the beautiful illustrations!

    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks for sharing your experience Piroska – you will truly relate to this wonderful book!
      Best of luck to you – I could sit and look at the beautiful illustrations for hours!

  4. Elle says:

    I am new to this author’s books but I think that they are very appealing for girls with their content and the vibrant, playful illustrations.
    I live in the US.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Welcome Elle – I’m SO pleased to see that so many new readers are being introduced to Mrs. D this week!
      I’ve had the privilege of hosting her twice before and she is an amazing children’s book author and the nicest of persons!

      Thanks for joining us – best of luck to you! 🙂

  5. Love that this girl uses nature and her imagination. Have not heard of her books before.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      So glad to introduce you to Mrs. D Diane – check out the other two books I listed – each one is different with the most lovely of illustrations!
      The illustrations in this one are my favorite though – just stunning! 🙂

  6. Thomas Murphy says:

    I find the illustrations most appealing.
    I live in the US.

  7. Ashley Tucker says:

    I’m new to these books..I really like the illustrations.

    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

  8. Becky in Georgia says:

    I am new to this author. I love children’s books and look forward to reading this one. Thank you!

  9. soha molina says:

    I ,ike that it won a 2013 Mom’s Choice Award

  10. Mrs.D. says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review and hosting this fantastic giveaway. I hope that after reading The Trees Have Hearts, the next morning, when children board the school bus, they will sit next to the child sitting alone by the window. I hope when children walk into the lunchroom and notice another child eating lunch alone, they will invite him or her into their group. I hope children will learn how to have more tolerance of children who are different from them and give them a chance to be their friend. I hope they will open their hearts to every child standing alone on the side of the street and share their toy with them. It is so little to learn, but so much to offer. Good luck everyone!! Best wishes. Mrs.D.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Dear Mrs. D.,

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful book and these beautiful thoughts with us!
      It is my wish that not only will every child learn these lessons – but every adult too, so that we can model these lessons for those around us!

      Have a wonderful day – I look forward to seeing who wins this beautiful book! 🙂

  11. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    The title of the book intrigues me & I have a granddaughter that this book might help. Plus I use to call my old boss’ wife Mrs. D (there name was Dilling), so I feel like it’s calling out to me. An omen if you will.

  12. zoebasil says:

    Thanks for introducing me to this interesting book. I’m fairly new to this genre and it’s great to know these sorts of books are available for children and parents.

  13. I like the book because it seems like a good one for ELL students or for any student facing a challenge. Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Dorothy Teel says:

    No I have not seen or read any of Mrs. D’s books, but this book THe Trees have Heart, sounds like a wonderful way that another child can learn how this new girl to our country who cannot speak our language, and how her and her imaginary friends help her adapt and overcome her fears, This sounds like a helpful read or seeing our world through the eyes of others who are new to our country.

  15. I am new to this author too! I enjoyed watching the video!

  16. Janet W. says:

    This is my first introduction to this author! The illustrations look amazing and eye catching!

    United States – janet3rdgrade(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Courtney says:

    I’m new to Mrs. D but I love that she creatively covers such important topics in her books. I’m in the US.
    courtlawrence11 at gmail dot com

  18. Heather B says:

    I have heard of Mrs.D but honestly do not know much about her or her books. I have not read any of them yet. The use of imagination and nature sound like something my daughter would really enjoy.

  19. Joelle Dockter says:

    This is my first time hearing of the is Author! I love the cover of the book it is very artistic and inviting 😀 I am in the US

  20. Allie says:

    I like that she discovers her strength

  21. I am new to this author, but I love that the book is about connecting with nature.

  22. Ashley R. says:

    I had never heard of this book before, but it combines two of my favorite things – heroines and nature! I look forward to reading it. 🙂

    Thank you!

  23. Laura DeLuca says:

    I’d never heard of this author but the book appeals to me because I follow an earth based religion.

  24. carola says:

    I’m not familiar yet. I like that her stories have lessons.

  25. Cheryl Rogers says:

    This book is intriguing to me because I do speak Russian ( military trained) and I know that Ukraine is a different language but similar in some ways. I think it is a good book for children to read to understand another person’s point of view and how difficult it is to become part of the group. There is another girl that lives on this street that only speaks spanish, she sometimes plays with my daughter. This book would really help my daughter understand her dilemna.

  26. Jamie (Jay) says:

    This book is new to me. This book looks like a perfect book for me niece! I live in the US. darjlj75 (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. Mia J says:

    I am new to this author. This book sounds wonderful. I like that this girl overcomes obstacles by using her imagination and her natural surroundings as points of positivity.

    I live in the US.

  28. Rita Monette says:

    The cover is very enticing, and the story sounds very heartwarming. Would love to read it.

  29. What I love most about her books are the lessons learned and of course the illustrations.

  30. Rach D says:

    I always visit your blog for the link ups, and to find new bloggers to follow!, but didn’t even realize you did book reviews 🙂 And giveaways!! Love it 🙂
    Thanks for sharing on “Small Victories Sundays”; Rachael @
    PS I’ll have to pop on over here more often now! Do the giveaways apply to Canadians too? I notice a lot of them do not, unfortunately..

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Rach,

      So glad you had a chance to explore my blog a little and discover that I’m more than just a party girl (smile).
      In addition to the TONS of book reviews and giveaways, you’ll also find arts and crafts – recipes – pet posts – and lots of other surprises!

      I have a worldwide audience and I encourage all of my sponsors, when possible, to take that into consideration when hosting a giveaway.
      Ultimately, however, since they are responsible for the shipping of prizes, they are the ones who make that determination.

      I would say that most of my giveaways ARE open to Canadians though but you DO have to read the requirements for each one.

      Upcoming giveaways that WILL be open worldwide (unless something changes after this date) are my Chicken Soup For The Soul Giveaways – future giveaways from current Children’s Book Week sponsors Mrs. D and Julie Chapus – and an upcoming jewelry giveaway from Alli Flair.

      Future Zonderkidz giveaways are US only.

      I hope this helps. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, be sure to subscribe vie e-mail! 🙂

  31. bn100 says:

    New author to me; like the premise

  32. amyc says:

    I’m new to The Trees Have Hearts. It really sounds fascinating and the illustrations are beautiful. I think my daughter would love it.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  33. heather eg kaufman says:

    I have not heard of these books, but I think they sound very nice & sweet. I am in the USA!

  34. Ginny says:

    This is the my first introduction to this author and book. I love the beautiful cover and the message of the story is wonderful. I think I would enjoy reading and sharing this with my nieces and nephews. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win and for introducing me to a great “new to me” author.

  35. Sarah says:

    Both myself and my children have grown up between 3 different cultures, and can relate to this book. I think it would be a good book for my oldest daughter who misses our home in Russia.

  36. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway and sharing about it at Booknificent Thursday.

  37. Thanks for sharing this book and for linking up on mommynificent! I have read your blog for a while now…and I just started following on Facebook. =)

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you for connecting Rosemond – I love Mommynificent and I”m so glad you found me through her!
      Look forward to getting to know you better! 🙂

  38. I’m new to this author, but intrigued by the premise about encountering a new culture!

  39. Helga says:

    This looks like a book that is very life affirming!

  40. MARY M. says:

    I am not familiar with Dr. D’s books. Her book sounds interesting. I think books based on personal experiences are usually good.

  41. MARY M. says:

    Although I have not read any of Dr. D’s books, I think this would be a good book. I like books based on personal experiences and I enjoy looking at pretty illustratons. I am a US resident.

  42. MARY M. says:

    I think Mrs. D’s books are interesting and I like the illustrations.

  43. Jenny Stanek says:

    I find it very intriguing because I love beautiful books that inspire my kids to use their imaginations!

  44. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
    Twitter: mdbookreviews

    Thanks for joining us on in the CBW Giveaway Hop. I’ll pin and tweet about your giveaway. 🙂

  45. Susan Smith says:

    I’m new to these books. I really like the illustrations. The Characters are so cute and colorful.


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