The story begins with a clever talking fish trying to reconcile his brother and sister, Michael and Mia, with whom he lives. She tells the kids that there are no right or wrong drawings and how many trees on our planet help people live happily. Oceanians make bread, pancakes, even chips from the fruit of Breadfruit tree, rubber shoes from the milk juice of Rubber tree, and all people our planet draw by wood pencils from tree trunk. The pictures in the book are made of paper painted with watercolour and acrylic paints, and they develop the creative imagination of children.
Targeted Age Group:: preschool (4-8)
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to tell the children in an accessible, easy way that the trees of our planet are very useful and make us happy.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I have a daughter and a son. There is a 1-year difference between them. I watched them a lot, so I got the idea to write a series of stories.
"Mia and Michael were sitting at the table, drawing.
Michael drew a house with a chimney with smoke coming out of it. He also drew the sun. It was smiling.
Suddenly Michael became very curious about what his sister Mia was drawing. He looked over her shoulder and laughed:
“Mia! Who would draw such silly pictures?!”
“Why silly?” Mia got upset. “I really like my picture! Just look at those trees!”
“But where have you ever seen trees with loaves of bread and buns growing on them?
Everybody knows that you can only buy bread in a shop! And rubber boots don’t grow on trees, either! You have to buy them in shoe-stores.”
“So that means I have to draw a whole new picture?” Mia asked, nearly crying.
“No need for that!” the Fish suddenly said; he was swimming in a little round fishbowl on the table…"
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