The Garden of Calilily

Children - Grade K-3rd
30 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2021
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Author Biography

Chrystie Keller: author, entrepreneur, hypnotherapist, and veteran is also a mother and grandmother.

She’s competed in many challenging athletic endeavors; Twenty-one, full, Ironman triathlons, The Ironman World Championships, numerous ultra, trail and road marathons to include the coveted ‘Boston' and ‘Let's Climb a Mountain’.

She has successfully competed in numerous body building competitions as a natural athlete as well being on a women’s bike racing team.

Her positive energy for life grew along with her passion for endurance sports and other challenging endeavors. Chrystie ultimately taught herself how to be mindful.

“It made, whatever I was doing, more rewarding as well as being personally successful. I realized that when I applied the same training principles to my everyday life, it had similar positive effects as well”, states Chrystie.

By having this growth mindset, a belief in one’s ability to grow, change and improve, Chrystie ultimately trained herself to manage stress to the betterment of her health and wellbeing.

‘The Garden of Calilily’ is based on an actual garden that she, her daughter, and granddaughter created.
“I wanted to bring all the little figurines we staged in the garden to life, explained Chrystie. “I was inspired to create a unique birthday present for my granddaughter and by incorporating mindfulness skillsets into the story was only natural”, she concluded.

The Grody Gang of Mosswoods, is Chrystie’s second book, due out this year.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite

The Garden of Calilily, written by Chrystie Keller, is a children's book that promotes mindfulness through fairy tales. The book features two fairy sisters, Marigold and Sweetpea, who usually do a good job. However, they each have personalities that tend to distract them from their chores, leading them into a bit of a forgetful situation. Marigold forgets which plants she has watered, and Sweetpea can't remember where she planted some seeds. This unfortunate situation leads them on a journey to see if they can find their thoughts and remember what they had forgotten. Will the sisters finally remember and, if so, how did they achieve it?

The Garden of Calilily is beautifully written by author Chrystie Keller. She has created two enjoyable characters and given them distinct personalities that children will relate to. My favorite part of the book was at the end when the sisters finally realize what they need to do to remember what they had forgotten because it rounds up the message the author is trying to teach. The message I took from the book is that if you feel a little lost or forgetful, all you need to do is be still and calm, and your mind will do the rest. Not only will children learn from this message, but I feel that adults could also do with a reminder to take care of their minds. I loved every page of this beautiful book, and I hope to see more work from Chrystie Keller in the future. Well done on creating this excellent book!

Holly Aiken

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story! Very happy to own it!
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2021
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This was a very delightful story that uses the whimsy of fairy tales to introduce necessary life skills to youngsters, such as meditation and stillness. The author, Keller, empowers the readers with a sense of self-efficacy. She shows them that they can look inward to access the tools they need to solve problems. Keller also acknowledges that while we can learn and grow in our ability to solve our own problems, we will always benefit from the wisdom and guidance of others more experienced. The Garden of Calilily is filled with beautiful illustrations, and powerful lessons we could all stand to be reminded of. It is a lovely story to share with your children and the child within us all.


5.0 out of 5 stars What An Adventure!
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
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I got this book for my 8 year old daughter to read. I loved that it was easy enough for her to read and with my help, she learned some new words. I really liked that it is "out of the box" when it comes to your fairy tale adventures and stretches the imagination. My daughter said she wants to read it again and again, as there is much to go back enjoy!

Amazon Customer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book and message.
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2021
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My Granddaughter and I loved this book it is colorful, fun and has a great message! I highly recommend this beautiful book.

Toni Wilson

My 7 yr old grand daughter liked the book very much. Great illustrations in it too.