“Call me Tree/Llamame Arbol” Maya Christina Gonzalez

Rated 4 stars **** 2014. Children’s Book Press (Lee & Low.) Bilingual. Picture book.


Using bold, bright colors and short, poetic lines, Gonzalez follows the lives of young children realizing their life potential is similar to that of trees. As trees stretch forth to reach out in all directions, so too can they reach out to others with their lives. The world around them consists of other children who want to make something of themselves in different ways and in different places. As the trees grow and change, so will the children.

In this bilingual picture book, young children learn they can reach past their current lives and take on a new role – similar to what trees do every season.

Recommended for ages 4-7.

PS – this review has been amended to show the fact that Gonzalez wanted the book to be gender neutral. Originally I thought the main character was a boy because of the cover and subsequent illustrations and writings that followed that main cover person along with other children. Apparently I was wrong, and apologize to the author.

Recommended for ages 4-7.


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