Pyxie of the Pines

by Ethel Calvert Phillips

Self Worth

Rated 5 out of 5
June 13, 2020

This book teaches of self worth, of building yourself up. Pyxie teaches that despite everything that is thrown at you, ultimately you get to decide who you become. We loved reading of the obstacles that Pyxie overcomes and my children and I discussed what we can do when we have certain obstacles that we need to get through and how we decide the person we can become.

Kylie J.

Fun, engaging story of a left-behind boy who finds a friend and finds his way

Rated 5 out of 5
June 9, 2020

My heart really went out to Pyxie as we read his story and we felt so hopeful by the end. He was abandoned by the only family he knew, and he was ready to sleep the night in the woods with an empty belly until a bossy-but-cute new friend walked by and invited him home. We loved following his adventure as he faced school and other obstacles on his way. A great one to read aloud.

Stephanie Boyd

Great read

Rated 5 out of 5
May 20, 2020

This story is a beautiful tale of finding and understanding the love we have for others. Highly recommend.

Jeri Lin Brown

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Rated 5 out of 5
March 26, 2020

Such a cute, uplifting book- my girls and I loved it! I’m sure we will be rereading it many times!


Great read aloud!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 2, 2020

I read this aloud to my children ages 10 and 6. All of us really enjoyed it. I was especially pleased with how well it flowed as a read aloud. It was a joy to see Pyxie find the joy of reading as well as his character grow and develop. Great lessons on education, honesty, hard work, and love.

Suzi Williams
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Level 6

“Jenny named me Pyxie after the pyxie moss,” he began, with Amanda’s bright eyes fixed on his face, “because one night, when the pyxie moss was all in bloom like it is now, Jenny heard a noise at the door. And when she opened it, there I was a-lying on the doorstep, a baby, all wrapped up in somebody’s old coat. . . . I just lived there with Jenny and the menfolks until yesterday, when they all moved away.”

When the reclusive Piney folks move on to a new place, eight-year-old Pyxie is all but abandoned by the only family he has ever known. As he prepares to begin a life alone in the woods, Pyxie meets new friends who help him find a home with gentle Miss Mattie and enroll him in school. Even with these blessings, Pyxie has many obstacles to overcome and much to learn. With help from Miss Mattie and a new-found love of literature, Pyxie learns that regardless of what others say, he can choose the type of person he will become.

133 pages

Available on Audible

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