Awards for The Apple Tree

American Indians in Children's Literature

Best Books of 2015

Sandy Tharp-Thee has been named a Library Journal 2017 Mover & Shaker. Come visit with her at The RoadRunner Press booth at 2017 ALA!


ISBN: 978-1-937054-03-8

36 pages, told in English & Cherokee,

with Cherokee syllabary

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Hardcover Picture Book | $17.95

First edition: November 2015

A little boy plants an apple seed, already envisioning

the big apple tree it will someday be.  But when its  first fall comes and goes, and apples fail to appear on its branches the little tree begins to doubt its calling. 

How can the little boy find the encouragement

needed to convince the young tree to give the seasons and years the time to work their magic? 

A debut book by Cherokee author Sandy Tharp -Thee told in English with Cherokee translation. The book

includes a Cherokee syllabary, with illustrations by

Oklahoma artist Marlena Campbell Hodson.

That's a Cherokee

    Tear Dress I'm wearing

        in my photo.

Scenes from my first picture book: 

The Apple Tree

A Modern-Day Cherokee Tale

Sandy Tharp -Thee

Cherokee Children’s Author

Let me tell you a story . . .


Tulsa Book Review

March 2016 Edition

2016  Oklahoma Book Award, Finalist

2016  Lt. Governor's Club Amick, Canada

2016  First Nation's Communities Read, Short List, Canada