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Stand as Tall as Trees

Stand as Tall as Trees

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Stand as Tall as Trees is written by Patricia Gualinga and Laura Resau and illustrated by Vanessa Jaramillo. Based on a tree story, this gorgeous book reminds readers of the importance of community and conservation. A great read for all young environmentalist.


An inspirational read - We have the right to protect our home. 

Patricia (Paty) Gualinga grew up in her Kichwa village in the Amazon of Ecuador where mystical beings called Amazanga help protect the forest. Paty traveled away from home for school until she was called back—companies that said the government sold them property were destroying her people’s lands to look for oil. The Kichwa community worked with other Indigenous groups to bring the Ecuadorian government to the Court of Human Rights.

A picture book that tells a powerful story- this moving story will remind readers of the importance of nature conservation, perseverance, and standing up for your community.

Ideal for ages: 6-9.

Page count: 40 pages, Hardcover, published on 15 August 2023 by Charlesbridge Children. 

About the Authors:

Patricia Gualinga (author) is a human rights and Indigenous rights defender of the Pueblo Kichwa de Sarayaku, an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Gualinga currently lives in Puyo, Ecuador.

Laura Resau (author) is the award-winning author of nine highly acclaimed young adult and children’s books, including The Lightning Queen, Tree of Dreams, What the Moon Saw, Red Glass, and Star in the Forest. Laura draws inspiration from her time abroad as an anthropologist and ESL teacher. Resau lives with her family in Colorado and donates a portion of her royalties to Indigenous rights organizations in Latin America.

Vanessa Jaramillo (illustrator) studied graphic design, but her passion for drawing and painting led her to a path that contained what she was looking for: illustration. She focuses on intercultural bilingual education projects and has been a consultant for UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. 

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