The Ice Child

The Ice Child

My tiny beautiful life

Tiny opened her curtains to find that Treetops had been wrapped in the softest white eiderdown. A kaleidoscope of snowflakes glinted on the window pane, and the thermometer complained of single digits. She scurried outside to the mailbox—the air was sharp and still, yet she could hear the sweet tinkling of wind-chimes. She followed the … Read More

The Calendar Rack

The Calendar Rack

My tiny beautiful life

The calendars in the Beech Nut Bookstore waited excitedly for the day’s first customers. It was a new year and a new decade—a big responsibility for the latest recruits. Some were sweating in their plastic sleeves, others stayed cool in recyclable paper envelopes. A few were going to far as to give out free stickers … Read More

Lantern Parade

Lantern Parade

My tiny beautiful life

It was almost time for the Treetops Lantern Festival, the final hurrah before the Feast of Midwinter. Tiny had been building her lantern for weeks; a glorious pink flamingo with a long swirling neck and a candy-cane pattern. She suspended it from her pole, and turned on the light. It set the room ablaze like … Read More

Yesterday

Yesterday

My tiny beautiful life

Tiny loved to spend Saturday afternoons drifting through the shops of Upper Treetops. One favourite was Justin Thyme’s Clock Shop, with its colossal grandfather clock and the mysterious hourglass in the window. As she wandered the aisles, she came upon an old wristwatch, and wiped off the dust to reveal its name: Casio. There were … Read More

From My Heart to Yours

From My Heart to Yours

My tiny beautiful life

Tiny was excited to have been invited to Esperanza’s thanksgiving lunch. She’d heard so much about the fancy origami napkins and the special cheese-plate, and Esperanza was a wonderful cook.  It was all perfectly lovely, but something was missing. She couldn’t put her finger on it; all her favourite people were gathered around the table … Read More

Stick Season

Stick Season

My tiny beautiful life

The lady inside Miss Rose’s telly-box said it had been the worst storm in 100 years. Tiny went outside to survey the damage, and felt dizzy with dismay. Treetops resembled the scene of a gruesome battle! Trees were ragged from fighting with the winds, and leaves and garden ornaments lay helplessly about the streets. She … Read More

The Best Night of the Year

The Best Night of the Year

My tiny beautiful life

Miss. Mary Margaret’s annual bonfire party was fast approaching, and Tiny’s Storytime-Club chattered excitedly about their plans. “I can’t wait for treacle toffee!” squealed Woodmint, rubbing his paws in glee.“I’m excited for roasted hazelnuts!” added Liesel.“I’m looking forward to soft buttery potatoes all zipped up in their hot crunchy jackets,” Tiny said dreamily, her mouth … Read More

The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch

My tiny beautiful life

It was a brisk and sunny October morning, as Tiny and Penny-dog ambled through the village of Treetops. They stopped to wave at Apple Tree who swirled in the crisp autumn wind, her branches now light and empty. Further down the lane, strange noises were coming from Old Man Guthrie’s garden, where three plump and … Read More