By Rafa Ruiz
Translated by Ben Dawlatly
Cover designed by Elena Hormiga
The trees and grass are disappearing to make way for a new section of road. Toletis, his dog Amenophis, friends Claudia and Tutan are on a mission to find ingenious ways of replacing them and turning their little valley town, set deep in the mountains, lusciously green again. The odds are stacked against them. Can they succeed… with some very unusual help? A deep appreciation for nature, art, language, music, friendship, family, the passing of time, old age, loneliness, and the importance of sitting still and reflecting on life, pervade this exquisite story. A must read for 7 to 107 year olds!
The stories are accompanied by gorgeous illustrations and have been used by in schools for teaching descriptive and figurative language, art and crafts (with students exploring different media inspired by scenes from the book), and environmental awareness classes.
Encourages readers to become acute observers and engage with the natural world around them; perfect antidote to smart phones and computers!
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The values contained in the pages – of love for the outdoors, animals and plants, friendship, family, being in touch with your emotions – make the world a better place. If you believe that the best hope we have for a safe, peaceful planet is to teach children to love the environment and one another, then I recommend that you read Toletis with the children in your life. Green World
Toletis is a thinker and his reflections are often accompanied by full-page color illustrations. Our “always on” generation would do themselves a favor by looking out their own windows and seeing the beauty that Toletis has found. Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday (US blog)