The Climbing Tree (Hardcover)
The Climbing Tree is an eloquent, poetic fable with a timeless message about growing up, sibling rivalry, and the 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 brothers grow and transform into majestic birds, mountains, and even celestial bodies, yet Little Brother still can't help but feel…less when compared to Big Brother. Will the two ever be able to share the same space?
About the Author
John Stith is 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 Tree is 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." –Kirkus
“[A] story that resonates and brings forth compassion and awe….stunning.” –San Francisco Book Review (5/5 stars)
A rich, deeply memorable debut from Aussie Charlotte McConaghy, Migrations tells multiple stories of a young woman, the Arctic Tern species and the slowly changed world without birds, fish and most other animals. Weaving in and out of Franny’s life is her complicated past life, her unorthodox marriage to ornithologist Niall and her constant self-doubt possibly bordering on madness. Set in Ireland, the Arctic and in the grand oceans of the world, the soothing calm, the violent storms and the vastness of the earth’s water ways also act as characters in this unforgettable, lyrical and beautifully crafted story. Be ready to stay with the book’s characters well beyond the final sentence. Stunning!