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July 21, 2011

Local Author Publishes Children's Book

When Scotland County resident Richard McDaniel authored the story "Little Tree" in 2007, he never intended to send it to a publisher. After only two attempts, however, "Little Tree" was picked up by Oklahoma City's Tate Publishing and Enterprises and on shelves as a children's book in bookstores, local shops, and online retailers.

Local readers will easily recognize the book's rural setting. "Little Tree" centers around a scraggly, unwanted tree planted by a farm family on a whim. The tree faces many complications during its growth on the farm including storms and threats from the insurance man. Still, the little tree grows strong and remains rooted in the hearts of the family.

McDaniel wanted the book to highlight the challenges that people face in life, especially in terms of practicing their faith. He noted that it's not easy being a person of religion and that "Little Tree" serves as a religious metaphor, communicating those feelings.

McDaniel explained that "Little Tree" teaches a valuable lesson to readers: life's challenges can make us stronger. "Little Tree" is unique in that a study guide is included in the back pages for those wishing to use it as a teaching tool. It also is an eLIVE title, meaning each book comes with a code redeemable for a free audio book version of the story.

"Little Tree" is currently in its first printing and McDaniel has been promoting the book through meet-and-greets and signings at local stores. His next signing will be at Cookie's Restaurant in Kahoka on August 6 from 1-3 p.m.

Those interested in purchasing "Little Tree" may do so online through,, or Locally, the book is sold at the Scotland County Pharmacy.

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