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Stand as Tall as the Trees: How an Amazonian Community Protected the Rain Forest

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. She was determined to help her community stop it. With her at the helm, the Kichwa community worked with other Indigenous groups to bring the Ecuadorian government to the Court of Human Rights.

This is the inspiring true story about how an activist in the Amazon worked with other Indigenous communities to protect and preserve their sacred lands and forests. Lyrically told, with Gualinga as co-author, and beautifully illustrated, this moving story will remind readers of the importance of nature conservation, perseverance, and standing up for your community.

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"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.... A moving account of those who spoke truth to power and triumphed." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Patricia Gualinga, Laura Resau
Illustrator Vanessa Jaramillo
ISBN 1623542367
Publication Date Jul 18, 2023
Publisher Charlesbridge
Language English