For months, Penny's dreams have been filled with melodious whistling, accompanied by twinkling lights. Then the mysterious whistling suddenly stops. When Penny goes searching for its source, she unexpectedly discovers her Cherokee roots--and a special gift that has been handed down to her. Lyrical and skillfully woven, Audrey Penn's latest tale recounts a child's delight in awakening to her heritage. Lavishly illustrated by Barbara Leonard Gibson, The Whistling Tree reminds us all how deeply the past and the present are intertwined.
Audrey Penn takes her one-woman educational program, the Writing Penn, into schools, libraries, and children’s hospitals where she shapes and refines her story ideas in partnership with kids. She is also highly sought after as a conference keynote speaker by groups of teachers and other professionals who work with children.
An award-winning illustrator, Barbara Leonard Gibson was a freelance artist in the Baltimore-Washington area for twenty-five years. Originally from New York, and with a degree in Fine Art and Design from Carnegie Mellon University, she worked in many areas including historical illustration, children’s books, and magazines, cartooning, portraiture, wildlife illustration, natural sciences, advertising, fantasy, and science fiction.