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The Long Forest Trail

Clay Vilhauer

Inviting Parents and Kids to Experience the Power of Connection with Nature and Each Other For Stronger Health and Happiness

"As a therapist working with children, I wholeheartedly endorse Clay's captivating and beautifully illustrated book that takes young readers on a transformative journey through nature. I would utilize this book as a powerful tool in my practice and recommend it for school libraries." - Dr. Donia Fahim, Educational-Behavioural Consultant & Highly Specialized Speech & Language Therapist

The Long Forest Trail is a captivating early reader's children's book, imagined by 7-year-old author, Clay Vilhauer.

Join Clay and his mom on an enchanting journey through nature as they explore a vibrant trail of discovery. Hand in hand, they embark on a colorful adventure, where Clay learns about happiness and resilience while facing challenges from the elements. Through heartfelt conversations, Clay realizes the power of love, trust, kindness, and staying strong through life's obstacles.

The Long Forest Trail is a heartwarming tale celebrating family bonds, resilience, gratitude for nature's wonders-and above all-the power of human connection.

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Book Details

  • Publisher: Strongprint Publishing
  • Publish Date: Nov 7th, 2023
  • Pages: 34
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 8.50in - 0.25in - 0.70lb
  • EAN: 9781962074070
  • Recommended age: 00-10
  • Categories: Science & Nature - Trees & ForestsSocial Themes - Emotions & Feelings
Praise for this book

"As a therapist working with children, I wholeheartedly endorse Clay's captivating and beautifully illustrated book that takes young readers on a transformative journey through nature. In this beautifully written story, a little boy embarks on a walk with his mother, exploring themes that are crucial for children's emotional growth and resilience whilst engaging with the miracles in nature.

Clay masterfully weaves together the themes of meaningful connection, togetherness, and spending time with loved ones, highlighting the importance of nurturing relationships in a child's life. Through Clay's encounters with nature, the book teaches determination and perseverance, inspiring children to face challenges head-on and never give up.

One of the book's most significant strengths lies in its exploration of gratitude and appreciation. Clay skillfully encourages children to find beauty in the world around them, helping them develop a positive mindset and learn to collect evidence of goodness in their lives.

As a therapist, I would utilize this book as a powerful tool in my practice and recommend it for school libraries. The story's emphasis on turning around negative thoughts and moments provides children with practical techniques to manage their emotions and maintain a balanced mindset. Additionally, the book's exploration of accepting change and embracing new experiences would help children navigate transitions with greater ease.

Overall, Clay's book is a remarkable resource that should be part of any child's library." - Dr. Donia Fahim, Educational-Behavioural Consultant & Highly Specialized Speech & Language Therapist


"In an unprecedented time of change in all areas of our lives, it's critical we take pause from our overactive schedules to effectively mentor younger generations so they grow into wise leaders. Young Clay Vilhauer is such a leader. In his book, The Long Forest Trail, Clay and his mom travel a delightful journey while sharing answers to some of life's toughest questions. Packed with deeper meanings, and great discussion points... this book is magical. Clay's dedication invites us all to "Be the light." We would do well to follow and share his wisdom." - Chip Conley, New York Times bestselling Author and Hospitality Entrepreneur


"What an inspiring book for children and parents to read together. The illustrations, the story, and the lessons contained within The Long Forest Trail will inspire families to connect more deeply, value time in nature, to learn and grow together. Bravo Clay and Amber Vilhauer on co-creating something so special!" - Hal Elrod, #1 Best Selling Author of The Miracle Morning


"With TV, video games, iPads, etc. it is often difficult to get children this young away from these devices but even at a young age Clay recognizes the importance of talking, listening and learning. There is inspiration in that both children and adults can look at the simple things in life, found in nature, and use them throughout the day." - Jim Walter, PhD


"This book fosters connection and understanding for some of life's harder lessons. Important for young minds to grasp early and an incredible reminder for all adults!" - Dr. Suzi Schulman