The Climbing Tree (Hardcover)
The Climbing Treeis an eloquent, poetic fable with a timeless message about growing up, sibling rivalry, andthe love between brothers.
Little Brother wants to follow Big Brother up the branches of the Climbing Tree, but Mom tells him he has to wait until he's older. When he's finally big enough to go up, Little Brother makes a difficult discovery: no matter how high he climbs, Big Brother will always be a branch ahead. In their make-believe world within the tree,the brothersgrow and transform into majestic birds, mountains, and even celestial bodies, yet Little Brother still can't help but feel...lesswhen compared to Big Brother.Will the two ever be able to share the same space?
About the Author
John Stithis a children's book author based in Southern California. He holds a B.A. in Government & History from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Virginia's McIntire Business Institute.The Climbing Treeis his first picture book.
"A meditation on being big, being little, and finding ways to share the proverbial sky....Every detail is charming and ingenious-from the sumptuous gold-on-green endpapers to the two boys' joy, represented by flying birds, racing deer, and icy mountains....A visual treat."
"[A] story that resonates and brings forth compassion and awe....stunning."
— San Francisco Book Review
Author Adrienne Young has outdone herself with her sophomore book and "companion" to her thrilling Sky In The Deep. Although Tova, our protagonist is not a warrior, she displays remarkable strength and courage when faced with brutalities and violence. She is a Truthtongue, and has arrived-feared, loathed and condemned- as a child at a competing and very inhospitable klan. She uses the harsh realities of nature to her advantage and cast runes that go against the klan that is housing her. War is in the future and she is drawn to a strange young warrior from a competing klan, whom she does not understand. Sparks fly, along with arrows, axes and swords, in this not to be missed tale brimming with Viking-esque lore. - Maureen