“Maisha and the Rainbow Tree” by Jeffrey Blander and the “Save Our Tree Team” is a children’s book about resilience, hope, and hard work. It was inspired by Blander’s real life 7-year old daughter, Rosie, along with her friends, who started a protest when they discovered that a beloved tree in her neighborhood was going to be taken down due to development and started a protest.
In the book, as in real life, the tree ultimately comes down. Maisha has to deal with her disappointment and her sad feelings, and find hope in the outcome. It’s a lesson most adults themselves still need to learn – things don’t always work out the way we want them to, but that doesn’t mean that our efforts were futile, and it doesn’t mean that we can’t find good in what happens in the end.
The backstory to this book is sweet and inspiring as well. Blander’s own mother passed away when he was very young (disclaimer – I have known him since fourth grade, and she died before I met him) and he has memories of helping her write a children’s book. He considers this book an homage to that memory and fulfilling that dream of his mother’s.
This book exudes kindness and hope and goodness and is what right with the world. We don’t always get what we want, but we can make wonders out of what we have.
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