19 Apr

Today on the GSP Wee Folk Promo we have Charles Reap.


Charles Reap is a former newspaper reporter and columnist, a dentist and a lecturer. He has authored two textbooks and two published novels ( His illustrated children’s book Destiny has just been released by Gypsy Shadow Publishing. Also among his accomplishments, Reap lists being an actor and a film extra.

His book that we are highlighting today is Destiny.


This little story is for youngsters up to the age of perhaps 10. It is about a tiny sprig of a post oak that grows in a huge forest totally consisting of pines. It is resented and not wanted by the pines, does not understand why it was thrust into such a place and is unmercifully teased and tormented by the older pines. In the end, however, it perseveres and progresses to its intended destiny as a lovely shade tree in a restful meadow. The story presents to youngsters that they can succeed in life even through adversity. Illustrated by Elbert L. Tremblay


“Hey,” came the booming voice from high above.

“Huh?” responded the tiny newborn, somewhat alarmed.

“And just who do you think you are, popping up down there?”

“I don’t know. I think I’m a post oak.”

“You don’t even belong here. You’re not our kind.”

“I can’t help it.”

“Well, just dry up and wither away.”

“No! I won’t and you can’t make me.”

The elder, a huge pine, brought itself up to its full dignity and spoke to its companions, “Did you hear that? Do you think we ought to do something about it?”

His neighbor said quietly, “What we can do?”

Another piped up, “We could cut off his sunlight, and drop cones on him.”

Farther away, one said, “Any idea why he’s here?

“Not supposed to be. This is our neighborhood anyway.”
Once again, the big one spoke somewhat arrogantly, “Tell you what, you puny little fellow. We’ll just see if you can make it here with all of us big ones. You’re not like us. You’re not as good as us and you don’t deserve to survive.”

One year passed, then two. The blazing sun and pouring rains had nurtured him and he became even more determined, even though the pines still towered over him.



One Response to “Destiny…”

  1. chalaedra April 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on Chalaedra's Weblog and commented:

    A post oak unexpectedly grows in an exclusively pine forest, is unwanted, shunned and teased, but finally outlives the pines and proves its destiny as a very lovely tree. Destiny by Charles Reap. Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, other fine eBook vendors and Gypsy Shadow Publishing at:

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