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"No Weapon formed against you will prosper." Isaiah 54:17

“Be not hasty in thy
spirit to be angry:
for anger rests in
the bosom of fools.”
Ecclesiastes 7:9

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Story Poems

 It’s “Rhyme Tyme”
The Coloring Book
Full of Story Poems To Read And Color

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Here’s the perfect coloring book for your kids or grandkids. You’ll be able to read wholesome animal related stories to your children and watch as they
color the original line art illustrations of Elaine
Moehring. You may even want to frame the
finished pages as your own work of art.
We have selected over 36 Original Story Poems by seasoned poet, John Marinelli,  He penned them
more than 45-years ago for his children. He sparked
their imaginations with stories straight out of his imagination.

Featured in this edition are; “A Bear Named Sam”,
“The Little Red Hen”, “An Elephant Named Clyde”,
“Old Mister Owl”, “Two Shoes”,  “Snowball”,
“The Fish Without A Tail”,  “My Barnyard Friends”, “Seven Little Frogs”, “Let’s Catch A Fish”, 
“Old Mister Donkey Doo”,
   & many more.

We are offering this One-Of-A-Kind coloring book,
free of Charge as part of our on-going animal concern education and awareness program aimed at companion animal caregivers and their children.
It's our way of saying “Thank You” for
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If I Were A Tree
“If I Were A Tree” began as a
poem back in 1979. Recently,
I put the poem into music using
two versions, one country and
the other a classical waltz.
Each version has it’s own lyrics,
and a vocal (MP3 ) file.

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Classical Waltz

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This version is set in F-Major. It is with a piano lead. The track is a time classical waltz. The lyrics and basic melody are my creation. However, Master Song Producer, Natalia Gruber, put it all together. If you have a project that needs help to bring it into existence, Natalia is your gal. She does a great job and is easy to work with.

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Country Music Version

Feel free to print or download
any part of, “ If I Were A Tree.”

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MP 3 Song
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The country version is the creation of my friend, David Max Baldwin. He put the melody to my lyrics to make it a success as a country song. You can print the words off this site and download the MP3 to sing at your favorite gathering.

Both versions can be used as a children’s party song. I can see little ones acting out being a tree and having fun together dancing around as trees.

of Poem & Song

“If I Were A Tree” was written when I was the Executive Director of the Davie/Cooper City, Florida Chamber of Commerce back in 1979. We had a canal bank that needed beautifying….so, I wrote a brochure to promote an “Adopt-A-Tree” program Background of Poem & Song that would add trees to the canal bank. I asked the Lord to give me a poem to put in the brochure.

Over the years, since 1979, I have seen a spiritual significance to the poem and gradually became aware of why God gave it to me.

 Is Everything

Why Would Anyone Want To Be A Tree?

Because…. the tree reflects God’s majesty and glory.

A tree, that God plants, is placed by the water and grows tall and strong.
Here what the prophet of old said about the coming Messiah…

“He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its
roots out toward a stream, it doesn't fear when heat
comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry
in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:8

  • This kind of tree stands out from all the others so passersby will stop and take another look.

  • This type of tree shades the world when it’s hot and muggy.

  • This tree stands against the howling winds of life.

  • This tree is kind and giving, offering shelter to God’s feathered friends.

  • This tree will sway in a gentle breeze as the seasons change. It does not give up or fret.

  • This tree will be there in all kinds of adversity, rain, snow, sunshine, whatever… because it was planted by God.

Listen to what God said about man

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26-28

 We are like the tree that God created to reveal His majesty and glory. We are endowed with strength, compassion, love and all the other gifts of God’s Spirit. We reveal His very character, as does nature itself.

To God Be The Glory


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