by Sojourner Coltrane Walker Hundreds of years ago, a young brave named Piacwa called upon the spirits for a big favor. Little did he know his favor would lead to one of the most spectacular natural creations known to man: the apple. Inside each and every crisp apple lies a beautiful shining star; this all because of Piacwas wish. The Gift is his story. In the story of Piacwa, Great-grandfather Winter Hawk magically weaves together a story of love and determination with valuable lessons for children of all ages. ABOUT THE AUTHOR As a child in Rochester, New York, Sojourner Coltrane Walker would hear stories about her great grandfather Winter Hawk, not knowing that one day he would be a character in one of her stories, The Gift, a story she first conceived in high school. Walker earned a BFA in theater from Niagara University and an MA in educational theater from New York University. An occasional actor, she teaches seventh-grade English and drama. On starry Harlem nights, she and her cats, Martha and Martix, sit on their fire escape eating apples and admiring the beautiful sky. (2004, paperback, 36 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.