The Together Tree
I’m so excited it’s my turn on THE TOGETHER TREE by Aisha Saeed and LeUyen Pham Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.
Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About The Book
All Are Welcome meets Be Kind in this poignant and accessible picture book about the power every bystander—no matter how small—has to extend kindness and stand up in the face of intolerance.
At his new school, quiet Rumi feels small and unwelcome, and a few kids bully him for his brown skin and bright shoes. He finds refuge beneath the old willow tree by the playground and builds his own world of hope and dreams of belonging.
One day, when Rumi is made a target again, one of his classmates bravely steps in to defend him. It’s in that moment of solidarity Rumi’s class finally realizes that under the shade of the willow tree, all are welcome, and they create a space they can all play in—together.
Review For The Together Tree
This beautifully illustrated book drives the story about new kid on the block, Rumi. He acts dejected from the time the teacher introduces him to the class. The kids don’t respond nicely to his addition to the classroom and make fun of him. Then an accident (or was it) happens and everyone decides to be nice to him. They are able to see his gift and welcome him into their hearts. This is a beautiful story of giving everyone a chance, no matter if they are different or not.
About the Author
Aisha Saeed is the author of Written in the Stars, listed as a Best Book of 2015 by Bank Street Books, a 2016 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and named one of the TopTen Books All Young Georgians Should Read in 2016. She is also the author of the middle grade novel Amal Unbound, which has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and is a Global Read Aloud for 2018. Her other picture books include Bilal Cooks Daal and The Together Tree.
Aisha is a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. Featured on MTV, HuffPost, NBC, and the BBC, and her writings have appeared in publications including the journal ALAN and the Orlando Sentinel.
About the Illustrator
LeUyen Pham has illustrated more than fifty books, including board books, picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. Recognized with numerous honors, including the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Bronze Medal in the Children’s Book category, and Best Books of the Year lists in publications such as Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book Magazine, and Comic Book Resources. She is also a New York Times bestseller for Grace for President, Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, and Princess in Black.
Born in Vietnam, LeUyen came to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War when she was only two. She studied illustration at The Art Center College of Design, and for a short period of time worked at DreamWorks Animation as a layout artist before turning to illustration full time. She lives with her husband (who is also an artist) and two sons in Los Angeles.
Giveaway for The Together Tree
1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE TOGETHER TREE, US Only.
Ends May 31st, midnight EST.
The Together Tree Book Tour
|YA Books Central
|Country Mamas With Kids
|Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s
|Confessions of the Perfect Mom
|The Book Review Crew
|A Blue Box Full of Books
|Author Z. Knight’s Guild
|The Chirpy Bookaholic
|Books With a Chance
|Little Red Reads
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