must read book

Daniel G. Linsteadt

Oaf
in Ophir

Mark of Excellence

A highlight of every summer for Emory and his little sister Faye was their special annual visit to their grandmother. At Baba’s house, the kids played by the streams, ate blackberries, watched deer, and ran through the woods to their heart’s desire. This summer, Emory was particularly intrigued by the rumor of a magical Oaf living near Baba after discovering his dad’s Ophir newspaper clippings.

Emory was alert as he explored the streams and wandered through the woods. A flash of light up the hillside began the magical summer he hoped for. A voice floated through the air, the sound of wood twisting in the trees, and a glimpse of a ragged piece of cloth were the first hints of the Oaf. Baba was delighted by Emory’s adventures and urged him to offer a sandwich along with a note to the mysterious being who was revealing itself for Emory.

The Oaf revealed his magic with nature after Emory was mysteriously protected from a mountain lion attack. Baba finally shared her encounters with the irresistible Oaf and his ways in the woods. Tantalizing encounters ensued when Faye arrived and the Oaf slowly befriended the children. The Oaf helped them discover their own personal relationship with nature and their own innate gifts of magic with the plants, trees, and wildlife.

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A delightful story of love, compassion, and family. After the first chapter you will be hooked! Charming, thoughtful, and enchanting. Walk through an amazing world of imagination. Our family loves it! - ArtJuls

A fun, friendly combination of imagination and nature brought together by the author through the eyes and hearts of the two adventurous children Emory and Faye, along with the wise, caring, and warmly crafted Oaf always being in the right place at the right time. Perfect short book for any collection. - Fred Relyea

I found this to be a charming book with magical and spiritual elements. Kids are sure to love it! - Andrew V