According to the publicity material, the author of "Mert, The Anxious Evergreen," Claire Bowman is a professional musician and children's author who has together with her sister Sarah, performed and toured internationally as 'The Bowmans.' The book is hailed as offering lessons on friendship and camaraderie, finding humor in challenging situations, responsible land usage and environmental preservation, and what it means to have a true Christmas spirit.
I received my copy of "Mert, The Anxious Evergreen" yesterday afternoon and being still a child at heart, I simply couldn't wait to read it. I liked the colorful cover and simple illustrations of the book.
I was surprised as I read through the pages because I didn't expect to read in a "children's book" that the main character, "Mert" dies. It made me, as an adult, very sad, and it may also affect children in the same way. But this sad situation was handled in a direct manner by the "regrowth" of Mort.
In my humble opinion, I feel that this book is best intended for ages 6 through 12.
An interesting side point I discovered in the publicity material associated with the book was that Claire and Sarah Bowman created the book with help from a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
Martha Stevens-David Column Magic City