The power in a pine cone

. February 18, 2013.

Everyone needs a bit of encouragement, and everyone feels small sometimes—especially if you are small. And everyone knows the adage about mighty oaks and little acorns. But “The Secret of Sadie Sequoia,” a new children’s book by Maumee author Mary Rumschlag, takes that well-worn analogy to the next level. Sadie begins life as a tiny pine cone, and feels inferior to the larger cones around her. But as readers learn, Sadie should be more confident in her own abilities, since she’s destined to become the mightiest tree in the forest.
Illustrated by Eric Smallman, “Sadie Sequoia” is Rumschlag’s first published work. The book is available through and through Rumschlag’s own website A portion of any proceeds from the book will go to Pablo’s Pantry in Tijuana, Mexico, an organization providing daily meals to needy children.
“The Secret of Sadie Sequoia.” Paperback $14.99. Hardcover $20.99.