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Eifrig Publishing / Early Fluency

Everybody Knows What a Tree Is

Everybody Knows What a Tree Is

by Jason Gruhl / Genjō Mark Yorke

Illustrated by Skye Ali

This is a book about wonder and about questioning what we think we know. By the time we become adults, we think we know quite a lot. Facts and theories all prop up our idea of the world and how it should work, but do we really know, or are we just trying to make ourselves feel secure?

In Everybody Knows What a Tree Is , children talk their way through what they think they know — the uses for trees, the fun to be had, and the amazing scientific facts about them. But in contrast, the animal have a different language and experience for talking about trees.

Over time, the early fluency begin to question their knowledge and they look to their senses. But when this, too, breaks down, they are ultimately led to wonder what the experience of a tree is for itself, a truly magical question.

Knowledge is important for many reasons: for understanding and solving problems, for building new concepts and creations, and for describing how our world works.

But wonder allows us to interact with the world as it actually is — before the labels, definitions, and rules get laid on top. Ultimately, the book asks us to be comfortable with NOT knowing. It invites us to remember that life is ultimately a mystery and that not having an answer is an answer itself.

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Jason Gruhl

I believe that all kids are smart, brave, kind, and creative, and I write books to help them remember that. My first book, Everything is Connected, was released February 2019 by Bala Kids, the children’s imprint for Shambhala Publications. While my passion is children's books, I'm also the Author and Co-Creator of The Fountain Tarot and The Fountain Tarot Journal published by Roost Books. Other "in process" books range from autism to Buddhism to vegetarian cooking.
I am an Educational Consultant and Nonprofit Leader with over twenty years experience with individuals and families challenged and enriched by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities. My passion and effectiveness have been demonstrated in both public schools as a Teacher and in private settings both as a Founder and the former Executive Director of The Joshua School, a first-of-its-kind school for children with ASD and DD in Colorado.

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