Books by Christine Conrad Cazes

Gem’s Gift

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.

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Punkin

Punkin’s biggest wish is to become the very best pumpkin on his hidden acre in the eastern orchard of Westorchid. With encouragement from his friends, Punkin is determined to be selected as the finest pumpkin at the Halloween Harvest Fair.

Magic is in the air, as the young pumpkin sits patiently in his beautiful patch, hoping to grow large enough to be selected for the fair. He hears the chirping sounds of birds and learns that their music helps him grow! Sparrow struggles to pronounce his name, calling him Punkin. He blinks in approval at the sound of his new name as other creatures from Westorchid approach him.

Wren, Hare, and Fawn discover Punkin’s wish, and with encouraging words from his friends, Punkin’s color turns orange and he grows into a very large round pumpkin, just in time for the harvest. But this is just the beginning of his adventure!

About the Author

Christine Conrad Cazes lives and works in Thornwood, New York. She teaches remedial reading and writing as part of her public school’s Response to Intervention Program. Born in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, she received a BA in English literature from Gannon University, an MA in theater arts from Pennsylvania State University, and a MPS in reading and writing from Manhattanville College. Some of her poetry has been published, but this is her first children’s book.