Illustrated by Laura Watkins

Publisher Beaming Books

The Story Behind The Story

I love reading and writing stories about woodland animals. One Small Thing is one of those woodland animal stories.

It may have been fires in California that motivated me to write One Small Thing. My husband and I had just moved from beautiful Sonoma County to Florida, but the fires of 2017 and 2018 affected us, nevertheless. Our goddaughter’s family lost their home in the 2017 Tubbs Fire and the lovely town of Paradise was almost completely destroyed in the 2018 Camp Fire. I knew many neighbors and friends reached out to help those who had lost so much. I started thinking about how woodland characters might help a neighbor who had been affected by a fire. Often, in the face of tragedy, we don’t know what to do, but as we ponder, we realize there is something we can do, even if it seems like “one small thing.”

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