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Guest Reviewer: Dimity Powell reviews Patience

Guest Reviewer: Dimity Powell reviews Patience

PATIENCE Kirrily Lowe and Henry Smith Wombat Books The Invisible Tree Series 2013

When Patience landed on my desk late last year, I was immediately drawn to the collage-look cover sporting a young boy in a billowing cape, gazing expectantly toward the horizon through his telescope. What treasure was he searching for? What other wonders lay beyond the end pages? Ignoring the title, I too set sail into this nautically themed story in search of that often evasive virtue, patience.

Patience by Kirrily Lowe and Henry Smith is the fourth book in the Invisible Tree Series by this endearing team. The series is a character driven collection of picture books which focus on different 'fruits of the spirit' arising from Galatians 5:22-23 such as joy, love, peace and self-control.

While not overtly spiritual, each book gently bestows moral dilemmas upon likeable child characters. Then, after a little soul-searching and revelation, their inner invisible tree fruits with sturdy life values; love, joy and peace amongst those already produced.

Sam, the young protagonist in Patience, is taunted by a letter from his Nanna promising him a parcel full of surprises. All Sam has to do is wait for its arrival. So begins the small battle between himself and his 'not so strong (impatient) heart'.

Eventually determination prevails. Sam's parcel arrives full of everything a young adventurer could hope for but happily, Sam uncovers an even more precious gift, 'down deep inside...a fruit called patience...that makes you strong!'

I enjoyed the premise of sharing important values and virtues in a picture book for the very young and Lowe's sometimes off beat, but always impassioned, rhyming narrative helps keep the didactic overtones at bay and is suitable for new readers to handle themselves or for those still sharing their picture books with adults.

It's Henry Smith's illustrations however that steal the show and help convey these metaphoric messages with exquisite subtly and finesse. All of the artwork is created from found, re-cycled and hand-crafted papers, resulting in pages of complex, textural depth and eye-popping detail.

Patience is a visual and morally satisfying joy to read. Recommended for 4 + year olds and all those who need a little extra help tending their own inner invisible trees.

For this and more reviews by Dimity Powell visit: http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/

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An interview with Kirrily Lowe

An interview with Kirrily Lowe

Hi, my name is Kirrily Lowe and I am the author of The Invisible Tree Children’s Books.

Question 1: What was your first book published?

Love and Joy of The Invisible Tree Series.

Question 2: What is your favourite part about being an author?

Capturing truth in a fun and palatable way.

Question 3: What is the hardest part about being an author?

Self promotion.

Question 4: What do you do for fun?

Hang out with my family and with friends.  I love bushwalking, the beach and nature in general.  

Question 5: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?

My husband, my kids and good friends.

Question 6: What is your favourite children’s book now?

I have fallen in love the with book The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge – it is an old book, but stunningly beautiful and poignant with meaning.  

Question 7: What do you consider your biggest achievement?

Giving birth to my children.


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I waited and waited patiently, for something I wanted desperately

I waited and waited patiently, for something I wanted desperately

The fourth book in the Invisible Tree series, Patience has just been released and you can win a copy! 

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The Invisible Tree Series is a beautiful series of children’s books articulating timeless values and character qualities for children.

Patience, by Kirrily Lowe and illustrated by Henry Smith is the journey of a little boy waiting for a surprise from his grandmother.  Like any child he doesn’t want to wait, but as he waits and waits and waits something is growing deep inside.  Finally the great surprise arrives, but to the little boys delight he also discovers a change on the inside, he has developed the great and noble fruit of patience.

“Kirrily’s amazing wisdom and intelligence is shown throughout her fourth book Patience by her creative display of what patience really means. It defines and builds strength in young children through simple terms! Patience compliments her high quality of books that express the real fruits of life. Blessed to have the full series for our children,” said Elka Whalan, Olympic Silver Medallist, Media Personality and mother of two.

Author Kirrily Lowe said, “Patience is one of the greatest yet most underrated virtues.  Patience brings a strength of character that only comes from a journey of waiting with expectation.  Patience is the articulation of this journey through the eyes of a child.  It is fun, real and stunningly illustrated by Henry Smith using recycled materials.”

Kirrily Lowe is the author of The Invisible Tree series of children's books - a delightful and fun series seeking to capture great and timeless values for little ones.  Kirrily began her career as a lawyer working with children in Sydney’s Western Suburbs.  Kirrily began writing in 2010 whilst at home with her young children.   Kirrily lives in the northern suburbs of Sydney with Tim and her three young and lively boys.

Available from all good bookstores or buy online now. The Invisible Tree 3 Book set also available: includes Love, Joy, Patience and a free kid's craft pack!

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