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Love is the breathing heart that keeps a family together. The Star of Westorchid shines down on the beautiful northern orchard of Westorchid as it admires the young squirrel born there during a hailstorm.
Gem comes into the world in Westorchid during a fierce spring storm. His parents know their only child will be very special, because when he was born, they spotted a three-pointed star on his forehead. Looking up at the Star of Westorchid shining down on them like a precious jewel, his parents name him GEM.
The little squirrel grows up to be playful and mischievous, hiding his acorns where no one else can find them. Little does he know that one of his hidden acorns takes root in a secluded area, growing larger than any other tree in the orchard.
Surrounded by the love of his parents, the protection of an oak tree, and the guidance of a star, Gem faces a terrible winter storm, where he discovers the greatest gift of all ... LOVE.
Christine Conrad Cazes lives with her husband and wire fox terrier in Thornwood, Westchester County, New York. A teacher for more than 20 years, she continues to instruct elementary school children in reading and writing for the Mount Pleasant Central School District. The author enjoys family gatherings and activities, and loves traveling during holiday breaks to the Caribbean and Europe. Gem's Gift is her second children's book, continuing her Westorchid series. Punkin, her first children's book, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Children's Interest.