This is a sweet, rhyming story about a fish that sets out to climb a tree. It follows our protagonist, a golden guppy, as she pursues an adventure against all odds. She faces mistakes, judgement, and fear. Will she reach her goal? How will she do it? Who will she meet, and what will she learn in the process? Follow her journey as she overcomes funny and relatable obstacles, connects with friends along the way, and achieves the impossible. It’s a classic underdog story – with a twist.
Happily-ever-after doesn’t have to be a charming prince – it could be inner peace.
Targeted Age Group:: 3-8
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I was a little girl, books were my joy. Growing up in an environment that wasn’t always safe, I found comfort in my books. They were mine, I could take them with me, they would keep me company at night when I couldn’t sleep, and when I felt scared, they offered me a place to go in my imagination.
As a grown woman, I faced a new challenge. We’ve been trying to conceive for three years.
To deal with my frustration, I once again turned to my comfort – but this time, as a creator. I submerged myself in the writing, developing the message that was both relevant and original, the art.
Once upon a lake, by a towering tree, among many fish, one longed to be free. A golden guppie, who goes by Jo, sees a new shadow, move to and fro. It swoops overhead, to perch on a tree. From such a high spot, how far could it see?
"Don't ask questions," say the other fish. But to understand is her greatest wish.
She'll find a way, before night's fall. She'll climb that tree, and show them all!
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Legend attributes the following quote to Albert Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Whether he said it or not, it’s an insightful thought. While the story’s plot doesn’t follow this message, it kind of always stuck with me anyway, enough to ask myself, “well, what if…?” And that's the story of how Maria Martin started writing.