Call Me Tree - Llamame arbol
“An exquisitely crafted call to honor ourselves, one another and the natural world…..relaying a powerful message to children: We are all our own trees—equal, vital and free. “- Kirkus Reviews
What does it mean to be like a tree?
For one young child, it all begins
as a tiny seed
that is free to grow
and to reach out to others
while standing strong and tall –
just like a tree in the natural world.
In this spare, lyrically written story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. Finding a way to grow from the inside out, just like a tree, the child develops as an individual comfortable in the natural world and in relationships with others. The child begins “Within/ The deep dark earth,” like a seed, ready to grow and then dream and reach out to the world. Soon the child discovers birds and the sky and other children: “Trees and trees/ Just like me!” Each is different too. The child embraces them all because “All trees have roots/ All trees belong.” Maya Christina Gonzalez once again combines her talents as an artist and a storyteller to craft a gentle, empowering story about belonging, connecting with nature, and becoming your fullest self. Young readers will be inspired to dream and reach, reach and dream . . . and to be as free and unique as trees.
Medium: Watercolor, Ink, & Colored Pencil
- Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2014 that Celebrate Diversity