- Young Children (7-11 yrs old)
- Juvenile Fiction, Legends, Myths, Fables
- Juvenile Fiction, Family, Adoption
- Juvenile Fiction, Holidays & Celebrations, Christmas & Advent
Tree fable, self-acceptance, loving yourself, adoption, love and acceptance, love and adoption, adoption fable
Reverence and Spinder
A Most Unusual Love Story
All of us struggle from time to time with accepting ourselves—loving ourselves—for who we are, and Spinder is no different. A young, scraggly blue spruce tree, Spinder knows she is not as majestic as Reverence, the old cedar tree who has been at her side, watching over her whole life. At over a hundred feet tall, Reverence is magnificent and wise. Spinder is so short and small and scrawny looking, she knows she isn’t as beautiful as the other spruce trees in the forest nearby and fears that no one will ever love her, or choose her, for their winter celebrations.
Reverence knows better though, having learned long ago that we are all exactly who we are meant to be, and that finding love and acceptance is always possible. It just has to start with feeling that way about ourselves.
A sweet and gentle fable, Reverence and Spinder: A Most Unusual Love Story teaches us that we are all here for a purpose—we are all who we are for a purpose—though sometimes it’s hard to figure out what that purpose is. Whether or not we’ve found it though, and no matter how alone we may feel, there is love all around us. We just need to open our eyes, and hearts, to see it.
As one of four siblings put up for adoption at birth, Adrienne Ucciferri has at times struggled with self-acceptance, wondering why she was not wanted by her birth parents. This issue, which is very common among adoptees, was put to rest after meeting her birth family but remained a subject of which she was very much aware. It continues to inspire her curiosity about the nature of “self,” the concept of nature versus nurture, and the value of finding our true place—and our true purpose—in the world.
With this story, she hopes to assure her readers that there will always be people who will love us for exactly who we are, and that we should never try to change our fundamental selves just to please others.
Adrienne currently lives in a smallish town on the Sunshine Coast, just a ferry ride away from Vancouver, Canada, with her little dog, Mr. Wilson (aka Wylly), and her new kitten, Flokie, along with her eldest daughter, Allithia, and her dog, Maizy, and cat, Rubius.
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