Tree Wise: The Signing Branches is a delightful story about a boy who learns how to help his new friend and classmates understand more about deaf culture. A wise old tree teaches sign language to the children through games, while colorful pictures and simple diagrams make it easy to pick up sign language.
"Tree Wise teaches children about diversity, friendship, empathy, and a bit of sign language. Antoinette captures an experience a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) may have growing up straddling the two cultures. Hold on to your heart, as you welcome the characters brought to life through descriptive language and fun illustrations." - Kristie Cain, credentialed elementary school teacher, sign language interpreter, and licensed marriage and family therapist
"Your story provides a foundation for both hearing and deaf to come together ... the spirit of both worlds colliding in the most natural state, human interaction, can only produce limitless opportunities for both hearing and deaf cultures! A magnificent tribute to the human nature of interaction regardless!" - Sandy O'Dea, teacher
"Tree Wise is a delightful introduction into the world of deaf culture. It is an interesting adventure for both hearing and deaf to find common ground for mutual understanding. Well done!" - Deanne Bray, actor, TV series "Sue Thomas F.B.Eye"
Professional actor Antoinette Abbamonte also delves into writing. She just completed another children's book titled My Triangle Vacation. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to a deaf family, the author enjoys working with children and offers theater workshops for schools. She has a very loving family, and her husband and two young children provide plenty of support and inspiration. She believes that life is an adventure! Her book applies to different cultures and not just the deaf culture. "It's all about how we understand, celebrate, and appreciate our differences."
Publisher's website: http://sbprabooks.com/AntoinetteAbbamonte