5 Star Review
Pachamama (Mother Earth) shares a conversation about the abundance and diversity of life in her Amazon rainforest with three Indigenous Achuar children. This hand-illustrated, nonfiction picture book introduces children (ages 5-9) to the importance of planting trees in the Amazon rainforest and throughout the planet.
Meet Me At My Tree! is an inquiry-focused book which helps children shape their understanding of the natural world as they participate in protecting it by planting trees.
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‘Meet Me At Our Tree!: Pachamama Shares Her Amazon Rainforest’, by Sister Judy Bisignano and Sandra C. Morse, is a beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking children's book that introduces young readers to the importance of conservation and the role trees play in preserving the environment.
The book follows a conversation between Pachamama (Mother Earth) and three Indigenous Achuar children, as they explore the abundance and diversity of life in the Amazon rainforest. Through their discussion, children are introduced to the critical role trees play in preserving the planet and are encouraged to take an active role in protecting the environment.
The book's inquiry-focused approach encourages young readers to shape their understanding of the natural world by asking questions and participating in planting trees. The narrative is engaging and easy to follow, making it accessible to children ages 5-9.
The authors' passion for the environment is evident on every page of this book. They expertly weave together factual information with a story that is both informative and inspiring. The illustrations are beautifully rendered, capturing the vibrant colors and textures of the Amazon rainforest and its diverse wildlife.
‘Meet Me At Our Tree!’ is an essential book for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the environment and wants to inspire the next generation.
About the Author
Sister Judy Bisignano, a Dominican nun, spent sixty-eight years looking for God in all the wrong places. A lifetime of prayer and public service as a fierce and renowned educator in Tucson, Arizona failed to bring her the peace and divine connection she had always sought.
SISTER JAGUAR’S JOURNEY (the film and the book) tells the story of her difficult childhood, and her attempt to avoid family life, marriage and motherhood by entering the convent, where she was met with an even more abusive situation. Ever the survivor, she worked with children and teenagers and founded two schools, yet when the school she started for the Mexican-American community in South Tucson was closed, she was forced to confront the devastating affects of her lifelong anger on her life, her work, and those around her.
Divine intervention presented herself in the form of Sandra Morse, a friend and professional communication philosopher, who with a simple invitation to visit the Achuar community in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, forever changed Sister Judy's life. Launching her onto a path toward reconciliation with her turbulent, abusive, angry past, she eventually found peace and forgiveness through plant medicine in the Amazon rainforest. Yes, a Dominican nun drinking ayahuasca - and it changed everything. It was here in this moment, in this place, with these special people, that she found God, healing and forgiveness.
While sitting in a canoe on the Pastaza River, Sister Judy witnessed a black jaguar devour a white bird. To date, she is the only visitor "from the north" to encounter a black jaguar in the Achuar region. According to the local shaman, seeing the black jaguar was a good omen, one that empowered Sister Judy to experience a series of cultural, environmental and spiritual shifts that ultimately transformed her life.