A lyrical, gorgeously illustrated look at the majesty of trees–and what humans can learn from them Stand tall. Stretch your branches to the sun. Be a tree! We are all like trees: our spines, trunks; our skin, bark; our hearts giving us strength and support, like heartwood. We are fueled by air and sun. And, like humans, trees are social. They “talk” to spread information; they share food and resources. They shelter and take care of one another. They are stronger together. In this gorgeous and poetic celebration of one of nature’s greatest creations, acclaimed author Maria Gianferrari and illustrator Felicita Sala both compare us to the beauty and majesty of trees–and gently share the ways in which trees can inspire us to be better people.
Maria Gianferrari is a picture book reading/writing, tea-drinking, dog-loving, birdwatching resident of Virginia and author of the Penny &amp;amp; Jelly books, Coyote Moon, Officer Katz and Houndini and Hello Goodbye Dog. Her newest titles are Terrific Tongues, Hawk Rising and Operation Rescue Dog. Additional titles forthcoming in 2020 include Whooo-Ku (GP Putnam’s Sons) and Play Like An Animal (Millbrook Press).
For all trees. And in memory of Gracie King, lover of giraffes.
Felicita is a self taught illustrator. She graduated in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. She has illustrated several picture books, such as Mr.Crum’s Potato Predicament, Big Foot and Little Foot, She Made a Monster and Ode to an Onion. She is the author and illustrator of Lunch at n.10, Pomegranate Street. She draws inspiration from folk art and music, mid-century illustration, byzantine iconography, nature, and children. She lives in Rome with her husband and their daughter, Nina.
For Nina and Niccolo, may your roots go deep and your branches reach high. With love,
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The illustrations in this book were made with watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils.