The Whatever Tree

The Whatever Tree/Bearing Whatever Fruit You Need

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I'm seeking a special illustrator to illustrate a special book, The Whatever Tree. It is a tree that sprouts fruit in a day, all kinds of fruit. The most delicious fruit it bears is love. I need the love of your craft to help bring it to life. My name is Ralph Burgess and I'm a character education specialist with books located in every major school district in North and Central America. Learn more about me at WWW.RALPHBURGESS.COM.

This is an early childhood read aloud book ideal for kids 4 to 7 years old. My books have been featured on national TV and I have no doubt this will too, giving you major exposure. I invite you to apply for this project and help breathe life into a tree destined to teach empathy to kids all over the world.

I am seeking an illustrator with typesetting experience because I want them to be the only person working on the book from start to finish. Please let me know if you have never laid out a book before. I will be seeking a front cover, back cover and seven pics in between.

I have visions of the book cover being subtly edited for a poster. The project pays $1,200. See book text below

The Whatever Tree

Bearing Whatever Fruit You Need

By Ralph Burgess

It was called the Whatever Tree, sprouting fruit in a day

Being made fun of by other trees

As they laughed and play

It too fed the hungry animals and people

Just like other trees, it did the same

Yet it was not treated equal

T’was told it was different and it was weird

T’was told no tree looked like it

And to get outta here

T’was mocked by every animal in the valley

T’was peed on by dogs

Not even cats climbed it

T’was even avoided by fog

It bore fruit of every color, shape and size

Other tree limbs would smack it, then make it sigh

No one ate its fruit, hurting its feelings even more

That would soon change, they didn’t know what was in store

Then one day a drought hit the land

No fruit would grow for woman or man

But this perfectly imperfect tree for some strange reason

Still bore fruit even in the dry season

Animals brought their young

The old came too

They all formed a line

Anxiously awaiting to chew

Because of it, babies were born

And the Valley survived

The tree was adorned

It kept them alive.

So much so there was a celebration

By all in the valley, without hesitation

Many felt guilt, far more than some

Some were so ashamed, they didn’t even come

But the tree gave a speech for all to hear

It didn’t want to brag but spread good cheer

I am what I am and I’m proud to be Me

God made me therefore I’m special

Far more than a mere tree

I am a living being with feelings that can hurt

I received vicious taunts, unnecessary smirks

Still, I forgive you

Because I feel its fate

Plus I knew I had a purpose

Even in the midst of the hate

So I say to you skunk, wear your stripes proud

Dalmations, your spots are just right for you

White Bellbird continue to be loud

Be content in all that you do

Let us each show the love

We wish to be shown

And please remember the words of this poem

As you enjoy life and live free

Yours Truly,

The Whatever Tree

Skills: Illustration, Photoshop, Caricature & Cartoons

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