Lola and the Tree of Life Hero Image Now available in paperback

A sensitively crafted tale introducing children to the circle of life.

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Lola and the Tree of Life

Children ages 4 through 8 learn about death as a part of life through the story of a young girl named Lola, her beloved friend Tree (a wise old oak) and her ailing grandfather.

This story can help a child:

  • Prepare for the death of a loved one or pet before it happens.
  • Understand that while death is permanent, memories and connections live on.
  • Learn about natural cycles in the web of life.
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Where to Purchase

Also available in paperback
and as an e-book on

Or purchase or borrow locally:

Central Illinois Locations

All Peoria libraries
Proctor Hospital Gift Shop
Rick Renner Accounting office

Chillicothe Public Library

East Peoria
Fondulac Library

Marquette Heights
Marquette Heights Public Library

Peoria Heights
Forest Park Nature Center Gift Shop


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Why teach kids about loss before it happens?

I wrote “Lola and the Tree of Life” to introduce the idea of death in a loving, natural way—before it happens. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, counselor, teacher or anyone else in a position to nurture a child, I hope this book helps you prepare the children in your life for the loss of a beloved person, pet or other living thing.

Resources for Adults & Kids

Use these free resources to enhance the “Lola and the Tree of Life” experience.