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About the Author

Vanessa has spent 31 years living and working in Wiltshire, raising

three children and working with 0-25 year olds. As a child she lived
in New Zealand. She lives with her husband Mike and 5 cats. She
currently works for a Wiltshire charity and is a governor at a primary

For my future grandchildren, with thanks to my husband and
children for encouraging me to find a publisher.



k Tree and F

Vanessa Jane Bedford

Copyright Vanessa Jane Bedford (2015)

The right of Vanessa Jane Bedford to be identified as author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with section 77 and 78 of
the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
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A CIP catalogue record for this title is available from the British Library.
ISBN 9781785546563 (Paperback)
ISBN 9781785546570 (Hardback)
First Published (2015)
Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
25 Canada Square
Canary Wharf
E14 5LQ
Printed and bound in Great Britain

I would like to thank Lily Knibbs for the amazing illustrations.

It was a bright, cold spring morning. In a field, where new shoots

were poking their heads through the soil stood Olivia, a large oak
tree. Olivia tingled, her new leaves were beginning to show, bright,
green and fresh. The nearby hedgerow had a show of hawthorn
blossom and new shoots and leaves too.
Was Olivia lonely in that field? No, because in Olivias branches and
around her roots lived her friends.