With this gentle and imaginative story about becoming your fullest self, Maya Christina Gonzalez empowers young readers to dream and reach . . . and to be as free and unique as trees.
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 reach out to others
while standing strong and tall—
just like a tree in the natural world.
Call Me Tree is a bilingual book on a child’s journey of self discovery. My daughter, Brooke, takes Spanish classes at school and this was a great way to do bilingual reading at home. As the story unfolds, the child is able to connect with nature and identify with being able to grow from the inside out – just like a tree. Maya Christina Gonzalez’s words are written in a lyrical way to help children learn to reach and be inspired by their dreams by being their own unique and free self. Each child is like a unique tree but they all have similarities in that all trees have roots and belong with nature. This beautiful idea is a lovely thing to share with your children.
Trees and trees / Just like me! Each is different too. The child embraces them all because All trees have roots/ All trees belong.
It’s a wonderful book and the illustrations are fun and fulfilling. Inspire young readers to reach and dream . . . and to be as free and unique as trees through Call Me Tree.
Check it out! View the Teacher’s Guide for Call Me Tree
About the Author/Illustrator: Maya Christina Gonzalez is a widely exhibited artist renowned for her vivid imagery of strong women and girls. She has illustrated nearly twenty children’s books, and her artwork has appeared on the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art. My Colors, My World was the first book Maya both wrote and illustrated. Books that Maya illustrated include Laughing Tomatoes, From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Angels Ride Bikes. She lives and plays in San Francisco, California.
List Price: $17.95 (Currently on sale at Amazon.com for $ 14.19)