TREE OF DREAMS
about the book
Coco loves chocolate. When she’s not helping run her Mom’s chocolate shop, El Corazón, she’s tinkering with recipes, devising unique and delicious treats to entice chocolate lovers. But amid this sweetness, a few things are troubling Coco. Her best friend and fellow chocolate maker Leo has stopped talking to her, El Corazón is struggling, and Coco’s mom is thinking about closing its doors.
Soon Coco starts dreaming about a wise and wondrous ceiba tree that promises her answers. And when she and Leo get the opportunity to visit the Amazon Rain Forest, Coco has faith she’ll find this magical ceiba from her dreams — and save El Corazón.
But before good can emerge, there is destruction. Coco comes face-to-face with the environmental and cultural harm done to the rain forest and to the Huaorani people who call it home. As friendships bloom, her heart begins to ache for a way to help those in danger.
In this urgent, beautiful novel, acclaimed author Laura Resau shows us that love is more powerful than hatred, and that by working together —with a little magic — hope can always be restored, root and branch.
Ages 8 to 14 (and up!), Scholastic Press, release date: March 26, 2019
Here you can find blog posts and photos of Laura's research in the Amazon rain forest. (There are five posts total... keep clicking "Older Posts" when you get to the end of each page.)
Here you can find blog posts and photos of Laura's Nuance Chocolate shop and factory tours, and her visit to a sustainable cacao farm in Kauai, Hawaii. (There are several posts... keep clicking "Older Posts" for more.)
Here you can watch a one-minute video of me giving you a taste of Tree of Dreams as part of Scholastic’s Spring 2019 Preview.
Here you can read an article I wrote about my friend, Les Sunde, whose creations inspired Gali’s sculptures in Tree of Dreams.
indigenous and environmental issues
The non-profit Rain Forest Alliance offers free rain forest-related lesson plans by grade and aligned with Common Core Standards. (The fourth grade one is about cacao as a sustainable crop!) Go here to see the lesson plans (just scroll down to see them by grade.)
Here you can see a two-minute video about the Huaoranis' determination to protect their land from oil drilling.
Read an article here about the Huaoranis' (aka Waoranis') challenges defending their territory from oil exploration and drilling in their home in the Yasuni National Park.
Here you can read about how an indigenous Kichwa (aka Quichua) Ecuadorian leader, Patricia Gualinga, is determined to continue her work protecting the Amazon despite death threats and attacks.