“The Magical Hammock” is an educational, unique children’s book about Florida. Miss Sabal Palm (Grandfather Palm ‘s granddaughter) tells the story about a group of trees (The Hammock Folk) that lived in a Hammock in an oxbow of the Kissimmee River. She tells about their everyday lives, tragedies and triumph, after the river was dredged through their home. It is about love, advocates a positive attitude and encourages the reader to discover his connection with nature.
The story, profusely illustrated in watercolors by the author, is embedded with nursery rhymes, philosophy, ecology, botany, endangered species, Indian names, environmental issues, history and local landmarks; facts about Florida presented in a childish way; a beautiful memento and gift for all ages.
He recalls his intense interest when, at the age of eight, his father introduced him to the Seminole Chief, Billy Bowlegs III.
His enthusiasm for nature and his love for orchids led him to the rainforests of Mexico, Central and South America.
E.A. was familiar with a pristine, wild Florida, covered with an estimated seventy-five million acres of virgin cypress, pine and hardwood timber. He remembers the saw-mills and crate mills operating day and night. By late 1954, the vast virgin forest, except for a few remnants, was gone.
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