The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story
By Uma Krishnaswami
Illustrated by Ruth Jeyaveeran
Meena is excited about the class play, a new and improved version of Red Riding Hood. But when she learns that she must play one of the trees in the forest, Meena's excitement vanishes. She is just too clumsy to be a quiet, steady tree.
One day at the Indian grocery store, Meena sees a yoga class in progress, and the store owner convinces her to try the children's class. Little does Meena know she is about to find a way to grow from the inside out, just like a tree, and move beyond her feelings of clumsiness and frustration.
The Happiest Tree is a gentle and empowering story of a young girl's road to self-confidence. It is sure to spark interest in yoga, and provide comfort to all children as they struggle to overcome the everyday obstacles to growing up.
About the Creators
is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born in New Delhi, India, Krishnaswami now lives and writes in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Visit her online at umakrishnaswami.org.
is the author and illustrator of The Road to Mumbai, praised by School Library Journal as a "lively romp across India." Much of Jeyaveeran's fine art and illustration work is inspired by her South Asian heritage, so she felt an immediate connection to this story. Jeyaveeran lives in Brooklyn, New York.
About This Title
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Ten Best Books
Edmonton Public Library Youth Services
Interest Level:Grades K - 3
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Classroom Activities, Sports, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, Mothers, Mentors, Friendship, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Dance, Disability, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Art, Asian/Asian American Interest, Empathy/Compassion, Persistence/Grit, Realistic Fiction, Self Control/Self Regulation, Pride, India
Part of These Collections
English Fiction Grades 3-6, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , India Culture and History Collection, English Fiction Grades PreK-2, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades K-2, Realistic Fiction Collection Grades PreK-2, Identity and Individuality , Dual Language Collection English and Spanish, Dual Language Levels N-Z Collection, Recognizing & Managing Emotions Collection, Social and Emotional Learning Collection