The Woodcutter's Gift

Written by Lupe Ruiz-Flores and Illustrated by Elaine Jerome

Summary of the book

It all began when an old mesquite tree was blown over in a storm. All the town wanted to get rid of the tree because it was useless to them, but one person stands up for the tree. The town's woodcutter finds inspiration through this old tree to help better the community. But what will happen when the option to sell the gift to a museum is presented?

About the Author

Lupe Ruiz-Flores currently lives in San Antonio,Texas with her family. She got involved with Children's Literature by entering a writing competition and winning! Prior to being an author, Ruiz-Flores was an aerospace engineering technician. Ruiz-Flores is a strong believer of taking leaps of faith and chances in life.

About the Illustrator

Elaine Jerome has been illustrating books since she learned how to draw. Her love for artwork let her to her studies at the Academy of Art in San Fransisco. Elain currently lives in Lake Tahoe, California but has lived all around the country. Jerome chose illustrating for Children's Literature because it unites her past experiences and passions.

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Standard and Objective

Grade level: 2nd grade

CCSS RL.2.3 - Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Objective: The student will analyze how the Woodcutter's reaction after the storm transforms the towns disposition and outlook on the little things in life.

The Woodcutter's Gift in the Classroom

  • The teacher will ask the students to think of a time when they encountered a major event that had an effect (positive or negative) on their life.
  • Questions to follow would include: How did you feel about the event that occured? How did it effect your attitude towards other things in your life?
  • The teacher will then read the story, The Woodcutter's Gift, to the class.
  • The students will then be asked to identify how the town reacts to the storm and compare them to the reaction of the woodcutter. What caused their attitudes to change? What are some differences in the towns appearance and companionship from the beginning and the end of the book?