Warwick author reaches #4 among Amazon.com children's books

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:00

WARWICK—What started as a bedtime story Matthew S. Field told his four-year old daughter one night has become a real-life fairytale for the author. On Oct. 19, Field’s book “Father Like A Tree” reached number four among all books for children ages four to eight, and ranked 135th among all books sold by Amazon. The other top five children’s books at Amazon were bestsellers, including “Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis; “A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children” by Caroline Kennedy; Robert Sabuda’s “Winter’s Tale: An Original Pop-Up Journey;” and “Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs” also by Sabuda. The spike in demand for the title has resulted in a backorder. Written in a rhythmic fairytale style, and illustrated by Tom Hedderich, the story is a metaphor for the experiences, responsibilities, and emotions that parents, and in particular fathers, have while raising a family. “I wrote it for parents and grandparents to share with the special children in their lives,” Field said. “I think everyone will take away something from the book.” The dedication of the book reads, “For Lori,” Field’s late wife. He lives with his two daughters and son in Warwick. The book was published by Matting Leah Publishing Company, P.O. Box 265, Warwick NY 10990-0265. For more information, visit www.FatherLikeATree.com.