The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story

Cheryl Aubin

Through evocative prose and watercolor illustrations, The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story takes the reader on a journey of hope, healing, and recovery. A month after the collapse of the Twin Towers, workers on the site discovered a few green leaves showing through the gray concrete and ash. Clearing the debris, they found a badly injured Callery Pear Tree. She was rescued, taken to a nursery outside the city, and put in the care of Richie, a City Parks Worker. No one was sure if she would live. But the following spring, a dove built a nest in her branches and new green buds appeared. Over the years, the tree, although still bearing scars, grew tall and strong. Now known as "The 9/11 Survivor Tree,” she is planted in a place of honor on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. This story imaginatively describes the experiences, memories, and feelings of the tree throughout her healing and eventual return home. Written by Cheryl Somers Aubin and illustrated by Sheila Harrington, the book is published by Callery Press and is available now on and All profits from the sale of this book go to charity.

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