{"id":8023372857581,"title":"Stand as Tall as the Trees","handle":"stand-as-tall-as-the-trees","description":"\u003ch6\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/patricia-gualinga\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/patricia-gualinga\"\u003ePatricia Gualinga\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/laura-resau\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/laura-resau\"\u003eLaura Resau \u003c\/a\u003e\/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/vanessa-jaramillo\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/vanessa-jaramillo\"\u003eVanessa Jaramillo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWe have the right to protect our home. \u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePatricia (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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eLyrically told and beautifully illustrated, this moving story will remind readers of the importance of nature conservation, perseverance, and standing up for your community.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“A gorgeously told true story, full of lyricism, wonder, beautiful artwork, and most importantly, HOPE. \u003cem\u003eStand as Tall as the Trees\u003c\/em\u003e makes my heart swell every time I read it. We need more stories like this—in life and in our libraries.”\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003e—Todd Mitchell, Green Earth Book Award Honor winner and author of \u003cem\u003eThe Namer of Spirits\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“This moving and inspirational story of Patricia Gualinga's fight for her community's Amazon rainforest is an urgent call to action to protect the wilderness, which, in the poignant words of the authors, keeps us all alive. \u003cem\u003eStand as Tall as the Trees\u003c\/em\u003e is an ode to the power of ordinary people to affect change. Lovingly written and illustrated, it is a book that will inspire a new generation of activists.”\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003e—Lea Aschkenas, bilingual librarian and author of \u003cem\u003eArletis, Abuelo, and the Message in a Bottle\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“This picture book will capture your heart and imagination alike.”\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003e– Alda P. Dobbs, Winner of the Pura Belpré Honor Award and author of \u003cem\u003eThe Other Side of the River\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“This gorgeous book will surely delight youngsters, but it will be on my syllabus for graduate students studying Nature Writing as well. After all, books for younger readers influence our cultural conversation about the environment. Who doesn’t remember their favorite nature-based picture book? I think we all do, because they were seared into our brains at a powerful moment. This book deserves to be one of those memorable classics, worth studying for its important story, delightful art, inclusion, and environmental ethic.” \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e—Laura Pritchett, PhD, Director of the MFA in nature writing at Western Colorado University and PEN USA Award-winning author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“A true story full of wisdom and hope, this book's stunning beauty ranges from the gorgeous illustrations to the powerful messages of bravery, strength, and perseverance. \u003cem\u003eStand as Tall as the Trees\u003c\/em\u003e is a poetic and soulful gem that offers inspiration for readers of all ages.”\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003e—NYT bestselling author Bailey Cates\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/we-are-still-here\" data-mce-href=\"\/products\/we-are-still-here\"\u003eWe Are Still Here!\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/no-monkeys-no-chocolate\" data-mce-href=\"\/products\/no-monkeys-no-chocolate\"\u003eNo Monkeys, No Chocolate\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/stand-as-tall-as-the-trees-spread.jpg?v=1673034716\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" class=\"cvr-border-gray\" data-mce-style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" data-mce-src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/stand-as-tall-as-the-trees-spread.jpg?v=1673034716\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"medium-cover\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/stand-as-tall-as-the-trees-cover.jpg?v=1667830612\" alt=\"\" data-mce-src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/stand-as-tall-as-the-trees-cover.jpg?v=1667830612\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca class=\"product-btn\" href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/stand-as-tall-as-the-trees-cover-hires.jpg.zip?v=1679587078\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca class=\"product-btn\" href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/stand-as-tall-as-the-trees-activity-kit.pdf?v=1683646413\"\u003eDownload the Activity Kit\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePatricia Gualinga, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePatricia Gualinga 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/patricia-gualinga\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/patricia-gualinga\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Patricia\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLaura Resau, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLaura Resau 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/laura-resau\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/laura-resau\"\u003eRead more\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003eabout Laura.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eVanessa Jaramillo, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eVanessa Jaramillo 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. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/vanessa-jaramillo\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/vanessa-jaramillo\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Vanessa.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eA 2023 Junior Library Guild selection\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eA \u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eNew York Public Library Best Book of 2023 \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCo-author Gualinga describes how she and other members of the Kichwa community fought back after the Ecuadorian government sold part of the Amazon to an oil company.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs a young girl, Gualinga—referred to as Paty here—lived in Sarayaku within the rainforest of Ecuador. Her mother told her that her life and those of her people were deeply connected to the forest surrounding them. As an adult she studied in the nearby city but returned to fight for her home after men who wanted to drill and mine for oil in the forest began to use dynamite to destroy it. Together, Paty and her community took a stand against the intruders. Readers learn how Paty and several others traveled to Costa Rica to make their case before the Court of Human Rights. The story ends on an uplifting note, with the court ruling in their favor. Told in melodic, flowing verse, this inspiring tale offers a poignant example of how Indigenous peoples are exploited and speaks to the strength it took for Paty and her community to stand up for their land and beliefs. The watercolor illustrations are powerful, and many stand out on stark white or plainly colored backgrounds. The copious backmatter speaks to the authors’ meticulous research.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA moving account of those who spoke truth to power and triumphed. (about the Kichwa people, examples of Indigenous movements around the world, glossary, selected sources)\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this heartfelt and personal picture book, Gualinga, with Resau, relates via animated free verse how her Kichwa village in the Amazon battled corporate destruction. “Deep in the rain forest of Ecuador” is Sarayaku, “alive with trees towering, vines winding, and frogs singing.” Young Paty, daughter of “a shaman with one foot in this world and one in the spirit world,” is told to be brave and show respect, “and the forest will give you strength.” After she leaves for a city and earns a diploma, she receives word from Sarayaku: men with “helicopters and guns, shouts and uniforms” have come to drill for oil, claiming that the Ecuadorian government sold them the land. Aligning the book’s protagonist with natural imagery, Jaramillo’s watercolors depict the verdant Amazon, the urgency of the demonstrations, and the battle to save the forest. Extensive back matter concludes this picture book with a significant message: “We have the right to protect our home.” Ages 6–9.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eChildren's Literature\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePaty, who co-authored this inspirational book, lived in a small Kichwa village deep in the rainforest of Ecuador. Mystical beings named Amazanga rule the forest and members of her family admonished her to not mistreat the forest or the Amazanga would punish her. With a desire to protect the forest, Patty left the village for more education in a large city. If she understood the world outside the forest, perhaps, she would have more power within it. With an education, Paty became a voice for her community and the forest, but soon after, the Ecuadorian government sold the rights to the forest to an oil company. As the company developed the land, the animals and plants died. “And the Amazanga wail!” Returning to her village, Paty mobilized her community and, later, other Indigenous people. It took years, but the oil company was forced to leave. A later hearing before the Court of Human Rights resulted in an order that the Ecuadorian government apologize, restore the forest, and ask permission in the future regarding development. Gentle watercolor illustrations capture the beauty of the Amazon forest and the quiet strength of the Indigenous people who defend not only the Amazon, but the whole Earth. Extensive back matter includes information about the Kichwas of the Amazon rainforest and global Indigenous activism, a glossary, and selected sources. Jacket notes state the book is also available in Spanish.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n \u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eForbes, Ecuador\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eListen to an interview with co-author Patricia Gualinga on Forbes podcast. 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- - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/patricia-gualinga\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/patricia-gualinga\"\u003ePatricia Gualinga\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/laura-resau\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/laura-resau\"\u003eLaura Resau \u003c\/a\u003e\/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/vanessa-jaramillo\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/vanessa-jaramillo\"\u003eVanessa Jaramillo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWe have the right to protect our home. \u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePatricia (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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eLyrically told and beautifully illustrated, this moving story will remind readers of the importance of nature conservation, perseverance, and standing up for your community.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“A gorgeously told true story, full of lyricism, wonder, beautiful artwork, and most importantly, HOPE. \u003cem\u003eStand as Tall as the Trees\u003c\/em\u003e makes my heart swell every time I read it. We need more stories like this—in life and in our libraries.”\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003e—Todd Mitchell, Green Earth Book Award Honor winner and author of \u003cem\u003eThe Namer of Spirits\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“This moving and inspirational story of Patricia Gualinga's fight for her community's Amazon rainforest is an urgent call to action to protect the wilderness, which, in the poignant words of the authors, keeps us all alive. \u003cem\u003eStand as Tall as the Trees\u003c\/em\u003e is an ode to the power of ordinary people to affect change. Lovingly written and illustrated, it is a book that will inspire a new generation of activists.”\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003e—Lea Aschkenas, bilingual librarian and author of \u003cem\u003eArletis, Abuelo, and the Message in a Bottle\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“This picture book will capture your heart and imagination alike.”\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003e– Alda P. Dobbs, Winner of the Pura Belpré Honor Award and author of \u003cem\u003eThe Other Side of the River\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“This gorgeous book will surely delight youngsters, but it will be on my syllabus for graduate students studying Nature Writing as well. After all, books for younger readers influence our cultural conversation about the environment. Who doesn’t remember their favorite nature-based picture book? I think we all do, because they were seared into our brains at a powerful moment. 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Her mother told her that her life and those of her people were deeply connected to the forest surrounding them. As an adult she studied in the nearby city but returned to fight for her home after men who wanted to drill and mine for oil in the forest began to use dynamite to destroy it. Together, Paty and her community took a stand against the intruders. Readers learn how Paty and several others traveled to Costa Rica to make their case before the Court of Human Rights. The story ends on an uplifting note, with the court ruling in their favor. Told in melodic, flowing verse, this inspiring tale offers a poignant example of how Indigenous peoples are exploited and speaks to the strength it took for Paty and her community to stand up for their land and beliefs. The watercolor illustrations are powerful, and many stand out on stark white or plainly colored backgrounds. 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Aligning the book’s protagonist with natural imagery, Jaramillo’s watercolors depict the verdant Amazon, the urgency of the demonstrations, and the battle to save the forest. Extensive back matter concludes this picture book with a significant message: “We have the right to protect our home.” Ages 6–9.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eChildren's Literature\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePaty, who co-authored this inspirational book, lived in a small Kichwa village deep in the rainforest of Ecuador. Mystical beings named Amazanga rule the forest and members of her family admonished her to not mistreat the forest or the Amazanga would punish her. With a desire to protect the forest, Patty left the village for more education in a large city. If she understood the world outside the forest, perhaps, she would have more power within it. With an education, Paty became a voice for her community and the forest, but soon after, the Ecuadorian government sold the rights to the forest to an oil company. As the company developed the land, the animals and plants died. “And the Amazanga wail!” Returning to her village, Paty mobilized her community and, later, other Indigenous people. It took years, but the oil company was forced to leave. A later hearing before the Court of Human Rights resulted in an order that the Ecuadorian government apologize, restore the forest, and ask permission in the future regarding development. Gentle watercolor illustrations capture the beauty of the Amazon forest and the quiet strength of the Indigenous people who defend not only the Amazon, but the whole Earth. Extensive back matter includes information about the Kichwas of the Amazon rainforest and global Indigenous activism, a glossary, and selected sources. 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Stand as Tall as the Trees


By: Patricia Gualinga and Laura Resau / Illustrated by: Vanessa Jaramillo

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.

Lyrically told and beautifully illustrated, this moving story will remind readers of the importance of nature conservation, perseverance, and standing up for your community.

“A gorgeously told true story, full of lyricism, wonder, beautiful artwork, and most importantly, HOPE. Stand as Tall as the Trees makes my heart swell every time I read it. We need more stories like this—in life and in our libraries.”
—Todd Mitchell, Green Earth Book Award Honor winner and author of The Namer of Spirits

“This moving and inspirational story of Patricia Gualinga's fight for her community's Amazon rainforest is an urgent call to action to protect the wilderness, which, in the poignant words of the authors, keeps us all alive. Stand as Tall as the Trees is an ode to the power of ordinary people to affect change. Lovingly written and illustrated, it is a book that will inspire a new generation of activists.”
—Lea Aschkenas, bilingual librarian and author of Arletis, Abuelo, and the Message in a Bottle

“This picture book will capture your heart and imagination alike.”
– Alda P. Dobbs, Winner of the Pura Belpré Honor Award and author of The Other Side of the River

“This gorgeous book will surely delight youngsters, but it will be on my syllabus for graduate students studying Nature Writing as well. After all, books for younger readers influence our cultural conversation about the environment. Who doesn’t remember their favorite nature-based picture book? I think we all do, because they were seared into our brains at a powerful moment. This book deserves to be one of those memorable classics, worth studying for its important story, delightful art, inclusion, and environmental ethic.”
—Laura Pritchett, PhD, Director of the MFA in nature writing at Western Colorado University and PEN USA Award-winning author

“A true story full of wisdom and hope, this book's stunning beauty ranges from the gorgeous illustrations to the powerful messages of bravery, strength, and perseverance. Stand as Tall as the Trees is a poetic and soulful gem that offers inspiration for readers of all ages.”
—NYT bestselling author Bailey Cates

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Patricia Gualinga, author

Patricia Gualinga 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.

Read more about Patricia

Laura Resau, author

Laura Resau 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.

Read more about Laura.


Vanessa Jaramillo, illustrator

Vanessa Jaramillo 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. 

Read more about Vanessa.

  • A 2023 Junior Library Guild selection
  • New York Public Library Best Book of 2023 

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Co-author Gualinga describes how she and other members of the Kichwa community fought back after the Ecuadorian government sold part of the Amazon to an oil company.

As a young girl, Gualinga—referred to as Paty here—lived in Sarayaku within the rainforest of Ecuador. Her mother told her that her life and those of her people were deeply connected to the forest surrounding them. As an adult she studied in the nearby city but returned to fight for her home after men who wanted to drill and mine for oil in the forest began to use dynamite to destroy it. Together, Paty and her community took a stand against the intruders. Readers learn how Paty and several others traveled to Costa Rica to make their case before the Court of Human Rights. The story ends on an uplifting note, with the court ruling in their favor. Told in melodic, flowing verse, this inspiring tale offers a poignant example of how Indigenous peoples are exploited and speaks to the strength it took for Paty and her community to stand up for their land and beliefs. The watercolor illustrations are powerful, and many stand out on stark white or plainly colored backgrounds. The copious backmatter speaks to the authors’ meticulous research.

A moving account of those who spoke truth to power and triumphed. (about the Kichwa people, examples of Indigenous movements around the world, glossary, selected sources)

Publishers Weekly

In this heartfelt and personal picture book, Gualinga, with Resau, relates via animated free verse how her Kichwa village in the Amazon battled corporate destruction. “Deep in the rain forest of Ecuador” is Sarayaku, “alive with trees towering, vines winding, and frogs singing.” Young Paty, daughter of “a shaman with one foot in this world and one in the spirit world,” is told to be brave and show respect, “and the forest will give you strength.” After she leaves for a city and earns a diploma, she receives word from Sarayaku: men with “helicopters and guns, shouts and uniforms” have come to drill for oil, claiming that the Ecuadorian government sold them the land. Aligning the book’s protagonist with natural imagery, Jaramillo’s watercolors depict the verdant Amazon, the urgency of the demonstrations, and the battle to save the forest. Extensive back matter concludes this picture book with a significant message: “We have the right to protect our home.” Ages 6–9.

Children's Literature

Paty, who co-authored this inspirational book, lived in a small Kichwa village deep in the rainforest of Ecuador. Mystical beings named Amazanga rule the forest and members of her family admonished her to not mistreat the forest or the Amazanga would punish her. With a desire to protect the forest, Patty left the village for more education in a large city. If she understood the world outside the forest, perhaps, she would have more power within it. With an education, Paty became a voice for her community and the forest, but soon after, the Ecuadorian government sold the rights to the forest to an oil company. As the company developed the land, the animals and plants died. “And the Amazanga wail!” Returning to her village, Paty mobilized her community and, later, other Indigenous people. It took years, but the oil company was forced to leave. A later hearing before the Court of Human Rights resulted in an order that the Ecuadorian government apologize, restore the forest, and ask permission in the future regarding development. Gentle watercolor illustrations capture the beauty of the Amazon forest and the quiet strength of the Indigenous people who defend not only the Amazon, but the whole Earth. Extensive back matter includes information about the Kichwas of the Amazon rainforest and global Indigenous activism, a glossary, and selected sources. Jacket notes state the book is also available in Spanish.

Forbes, Ecuador

Listen to an interview with co-author Patricia Gualinga on Forbes podcast. This is in Spanish.

English Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-62354-236-8

Spanish Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-62354-237-5

Ages: 6-9
Page count: 40
77/8 x 11

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