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Editor’s Note: With enchanting images of nature and a lyrical storyline, “Me, the Tree,” by New Castle author Ann Ramsey, draws in children of all ages, carrying them along a pine cone’s imaginative journey of determination and courage in order to become the tall tree that lives within. The pine cone’s deep blue eyes capture children’s attention, while the little tree’s story opens their eyes to the wonders of nature and teaches them about the power of believing in oneself. The book is available at local bookstores from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, in addition to Barnes & Noble Booksellers and The Tattered Cover in Denver, Borders in Grand Junction and the Dark Horse Book Store in Driggs, Idaho. Scheduled book signings take place at Barnes & Noble in the Denver area Aug. 5, 18 and 26, and Sept. 23 in Grand Junction. For more information, see her Web site at http://www.MeTheTree.com.

City/hometown: New CastleBackground/education: Associate’s degree from American River College in Sacramento, Calif., majoring in artWhat’s the inspiration behind “Me, the Tree”? Living “off the grid” at the upper end of East Divide Creek in Garfield County for 13 years provided the inspiration for my book. All the pictures, but two, were taken there and the story/poem of “Me, the Tree” was written there.Most memorable book reading/signing: My very first book signing on Jan. 28 at the Book Bistro in Redstone. It was the week after I got my books from the printer in Hong Kong and the day of the dog sled races.

Family information: Born 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa; moved to Sacramento, Calif., in the fifth grade (1961); moved to Denver in 1971; and have lived in Garfield County since 1985What’s your most treasured children’s book? “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss

Which three children’s book authors, living or dead, would you like to spend a weekend collaborating with? Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak and Mercer Mayer If you could only have one piece of art hanging in your living room, what would it be? The animal artistry drawing I drew of Honey, my cocker spanielWhat’s the best compliment you’ve received from a child reader of “Me, the Tree”? This past spring, I received a letter from Alyssa Mueller, 11 years old, in Staten Island, N.Y., saying “Me, the Tree” was like “reading wonderful poetry of life.” (Her letter is posted on my Web site under “Reviews”).Did you always have a bedtime story read to you before going to sleep? Yes. I remember my parents reading poems to me and my older sister from “Poems of Childhood” by Eugene Fields, illustrated by Maxfield Parish. As I grew up, I would recite quite a few of these poems in class, because I already knew them by heart. Poems like “Little Boy Blue,” “The Duel,” and “Wynken, Blynken & Nod” are three of Eugene Fields’ poems I remember reciting in class when I was in the fourth grade. Anyway, I loved that book and still have it today (now a collector’s item).

Color: AmberPlace to write: Anywhere in nature, especially the mountainsPlace to hike in Garfield County: Flat Tops Wilderness AreaFood: Homemade bread, rice and veggies (especially broccoli)

Book: “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk KiddPoem/poet: “Renascence” by Edna St. Vincent MillaySong: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”Instrument: FiddleMovie: “Spirit”


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