A Day in the Forest

“Early one Saturday morning, Kenzi slowly opened one blue eye and then the other, squinting and hiding from the sun as it streamed in through her bedroom window. Kenzi smiled when she remembered what her family would be doing on this special Saturday.”

Thus begins Allie McCarthy’s story of a magical day in the life of seven-year-old Kenzi, the second book in the ongoing “Kenzi series.” After a nearby forest was burned the previous year, she and her family volunteer in their community’s first-ever reforestation project. Throughout the day, Kenzi learns the importance of teamwork, friendship, and much more. When Juan—a new boy in the neighborhood—befriends Kenzi, they share their love of animals and work together to help with the rebuilding of the forest, realizing that every person’s effort counts. At the end of the day, Kenzi gets the biggest surprise of all—the chance to see something she’s only dreamed about.


Available in multiple eBook formats.

Author:  Allie McCarthy
Illustrator:  Laura Peters
Publication Date:  November 20, 2014

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Allie McCarthy

Allie McCarthy was born into a military family, to parents Chris and Nora, in San Diego, California. She has a younger sister and brother, Alyssa and Jake. The family left California and moved to Alabama and then Japan. They currently live in Florida. Allie wrote her first novel at the age of twelve in Okinawa, Japan, and continues to explore different areas of fiction. She currently attends Fleming Island High School as a junior.

Allie has an interest in cultures around the world and continues to study French language. Her favorite subjects in school are English and science. Allie hopes to attend college in London and wishes to pursue a career as a teacher or a screenwriter.

Laura Peters

Laura Peters was first inspired to create and paint whimsical characters in 1989 for her daughter Sarah. Originally an elementary school teacher, Laura decided to pursue her art as a full-time career, showing her creations at art exhibitions around the country. She is now a nationally known muralist, children’s book illustrator, and award-winning water colorist.

Laura enjoys traveling to elementary schools to conduct classes and inspire young artists. She also teaches watercolor classes for children and adults at Snapdragon Studios. The studio is located on a peaceful and scenic five acres in Colorado where she lives with her husband, Jim.

What Our Readers Are Saying…

“I bought this book for my son and it is wonderful! I love the story and how it shows how all children can work together for the betterment of our society. The story is well written and the illustrations are beautiful. I would highly recommend to all children and parents.”

Bethany, 5-Star Amazon Review