I could not let today go by without mentioning
that it is, indeed, World Storytelling Day and
this year’s subject is Trees.
I love trees!
Actually I’ve been a closeted tree-hugger for
years, never admitting that I always listen for
their whispers and believe that we get the best
energy in forests.
So there you are, it’s out. And here’s my story
gift for you today, one of my favorites!
THE APPLE TREE’S DISCOVERY
by Peninnah Schram and Rachayl Eckstein Davis
In a great oak forest where the trees grew tall
and majestic, there was a little apple tree. It
was the only apple tree in that forest and so it
Winter came. As the snow fell to the forest
floor, it covered the branches of the little apple
tree. The forest was quiet and peaceful.
One night the little apple tree looked up at the
sky and saw a wonderful sight. Between the
branches of all the trees, the little apple tree
saw the stars in the sky, which appeared to be
hanging on the branches of the oak trees.
“Oh God, Oh God,” whispered the little apple
tree, “how lucky those oak trees are to have such
beautiful stars hanging on their branches. I want
more than anything in the world to have stars on
my branches, just like the oak trees have! Then I
would feel truly special.”
God looked down at the little apple tree and said
gently, “Have patience! Have patience, little
Time passed. The snows melted and spring came to
the land. Tiny white and pink apple blossoms
appeared on the branches of the little apple tree.
Birds came to rest on its branches. People
walked by the little apple tree and admired its
All summer long, the apple tree continued to
grow. The branches of the tree formed a canopy
overhead as they filled with leaves and blossoms.
But night after night, the little apple tree
looked up at the sky with the millions, and
millions, and millions – and millions of stars and
cried out, “Oh God, I want more than anything in
the world to have stars in my tree and on my
branches and in my leaves – just like those oak
And God looked down at the little apple tree and
said, “You already have gifts. Isn’t it enough to
have shade to offer people, and fragrant blossoms,
and branches for birds to rest on so they can sing
you their song?”
The apple tree signed and answered simply, “Dear
God, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but that is
not special enough! I do appreciate how much
pleasure I give to others, but what I really want
more than anything in the world is to have stars,
not blossoms, on my branches. Then I would feel
God smiled and answered, “Be patient, little
The seasons changed again. Soon the apple tree
was filled with many beautiful apples. People
walked in the forest. Whoever saw the apple tree
would reach up, pick an apple and eat it.
And still, when night came to the forest, the
apple tree looked at the stars in the oak trees
and called out, “Oh God, I want more than anything
in the world to have stars on my branches! Then I
would feel truly special.”
And God asked, “But apple tree, isn’t it enough
that you now have such wonderful apples to offer
people? Doesn’t that satisfy you? Doesn’t that
give you enough pleasure and make you feel
Without saying a word, the apple tree answered by
shaking its branches from side to side.
At that moment, God caused the wind to blow. The
great oak trees began to sway and the apple tree
began to shake. From the top of the apple tree an
apple fell. When it hit the ground, it split
“LOOK,” commanded God, “LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF.
WHAT DO YOU SEE?”
The little apple tree looked down and saw that
right in the middle of the apple was a star. “A
star! I have a star!”
And God laughed a gentle laugh and added, “So you
do have stars on your branches. They’ve been
there all along, you just didn’t know it.”
Usually when we want to cut an apple, we cut it
by holding the apple with its stem up. But in
order to find its star, we must turn it on its
side. If we change our direction a little bit, we
too can find the spark that ignites the star
inside each of us. The stars are right there
within each one of us. Look carefully, look
closely, and you’ll find that beautiful star.
Best wishes and best stories!