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The Climbing Tree

Illustrated by Yuliya Pieletskaya

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?

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."

– Kirkus

"[A] story that resonates and brings forth compassion and awe....stunning."

– San Francisco Book Review