Oaf in Ophir by Daniel G Linsteadt
The highlight of every summer for Emory and his little sister, Faye, was their special annual visit to their grandmother. At Baba’s house, the kids played by the streams, ate blackberries, watched deer, and ran through the woods to their heart’s desire. This summer, Emory was particularly intrigued by the rumor of a magical oaf living near Baba after discovering his dad’s Ophir newspaper clippings.
Emory was alert as he explored the streams and wandered through the woods. A flash of light up the hillside began the magical summer he hoped for. A voice floated through the air, the sound of wood twisting in the trees, and a glimpse of a ragged piece of cloth were the first hints of the Oaf. Baba was delighted by Emory’s adventures and urged him to offer a sandwich along with a note to the mysterious being who was revealing itself for Emory.
The Oaf revealed his magic with nature after Emory was mysteriously protected from a mountain lion attack. Baba finally shared her encounters with the irresistible Oaf and his ways in the woods. Tantalizing encounters ensued when Faye arrived and the Oaf slowly befriended the children. The Oaf helped them discover their own personal relationship with nature and their own innate gifts of magic with the plants, trees, and wildlife.
Please read the full Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review by Mamta Madhavan
—Oaf In Ophir by Daniel G. Linsteadt is a magical, enthralling, and whimsical story that will take young readers into the mysterious realm of Oaf who connects children beautifully with the abundance and wild beauty of nature. The descriptions are captivating and they will keep readers glued to the book till the very end. The author tackles a relevant topic in a very different way, making the story appealing to everyone and also highlighting how everyone shares a symbiotic relationship with nature. The black and white sketches are simple yet they make the book charming and the characters in the story tangible. The author captures the beauty of nature through the town of Ophir; the story is a visual treat and will encourage youngsters to tap into the wondrous power of nature.
"The elusive Oaf sparks the imagination, leaving the reader wishing for more! Captivating from beginning to end, Linsteadt weaves an enchanting lyrical tale of a family's search for innocence and wisdom through their connection to nature."
—Paula Peach, Teacher/Artist/Musician
—Eric Peach, Author/Teacher
"The Oaf in Ophir rekindles the spirit of the forest for young and old to explore, trust, play and come back to time and time again. This children's story will prompt any age to grab a friend and go explore their surrounding ecosystem, one creek at a time."
—Aimee Retzler, Sierra Harvest Co-Director
Be sure to get your hands on this second book in the Oaf series — Read More
The second Oaf adventure begins with Emory and Faye returning to Baba's house days before school starts. Sorely missing their magical time with the Oaf, Baba takes them on a camping trip along the Bear River in hopes of lifting their spirits. The Oaf appears and another thrilling adventure of discovery ensues for them all....
"Linsteadt brings you into a magical world of nature and imagination, helping us to appreciate and reconnect with animals and family. A refreshing and delightful read!"
—Mary S. Gonzales, Teacher-Librarian, Dolores Gonzales Elementary
"This is exactly the kind of book I searched out as a child. It offers a sense of the magic of nature, the possibility of kind, benevolent beings who watched over me, and a sense of acknowledgment for the dignity of children. Plus, it's a fun and joyful read! I'm collecting Dan's books for my nephews."
—Susan Whitaker, Owner/Teacher, Canyon Spirit Yoga Center