Book Launch Party with Sandy Shapiro Hurt

March 3, 2018 – 10:30 am

Come to a special book launch party at the Main Library and hear the story of Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree, debut picture book by local author, Sandy Shapiro Hurt! On Saturday, March 3, we will celebrate Sandy’s first picture book starting with an author reading at 10:30 a.m., followed by activities based on the story and book signings. Books will be available to purchase at the event through Bull Moose.

About Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree

In rhymed couplets, with magical illustrations, 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?

About the Author

Since her childhood in a Maine coastal forest, Sandy Shapiro Hurt (Cape Elizabeth, ME) has been passionate about ecology and the abundant life the forest supports. 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.

This event will also mark the end of the library’s Winter Reading Program, and falls one day after Read Across America Day. It will be a perfect opportunity to stop by to claim your Winter Reading Program prizes and celebrate the joy of reading with a local author! This program is geared for ages 3+, but all are welcome. For more information, call Youth Services at 767-7660 x 3.