Santi is a tree frog who lives a peaceful life in the Amazon Rainforest. One day, his world is turned upside down in a flood and he finds himself on an unexpected journey that takes him far beyond the comforts of his fishing pond. Join Santi as he paraglides with Octopus, rescues animals in need with Baby Sea Pen, and learns the lessons of courage, trust, and friendship. This book can help kids face new challenges and struggles, get outside their comfort zone, and make friends who look different from them. Santi will teach children to be brave, to try new things, and to understand how their actions affect the world and all its creatures.
About the Author
Hui-Ying LeSage immigrated to the U.S. in her teens, a challenging age to start over in a new country while learning a new language. She became a family physician to make a difference in the lives of children of diverse backgrounds and dedicates her life to fighting for equality with compassion and love. She lives with her husband and their cat, DS6, in Washington State. This is her first children’s book and she is excited to share it with everyone!
"I would like to congratulate Hui-Ying on her first children's book. She has accomplished so much in her life. Just like Santi, the tree fog, she was thrust into a new life and had to find out how to overcome her fears. Alongside her beautiful artwork, Hui-Ying sends children an inspiring message on how to do that, by making new friends, helping others, sharing stories and finding their own inner strength. Santi discovers the world is bigger than his little pond, and by adhering to his new motto that 'New things are scary, but not trying is silly', he discovers the joy of diversity and that he is a part of the whole picture. "
- Lynne Avril, illustrator of over fifty children's books, including the Amelia Bedelia adventure series
"Friends without Borders is a lovely picture book written and illustrated by Hui-Ying LeSage. This is her first children's book, and the illustrations are vivid and engaging. It tells the story of Santi a treefrog whose peaceful life in the Amazon rainforest is suddenly upended in a flood. He is swept down river and out into the ocean clinging to a branch. Along the way he meets a wide variety of other animals and learns how to make friends, try new things, and be brave. At the end of the story Santi shares the lesson he learned on his adventure, "New things are scary but not trying is silly!". In the back of this book the author has included additional information about the animals mentioned in the story as well as a teacher guide with some great discussion questions to allow students to think more deeply about this heartwarming tale. As an elementary librarian, I see this as a great story to read at the beginning of the school year as students are learning to make friends, or perhaps you have a child that is fearful about a move to a new home, this story might help them with those feelings."
- Lisa Christensen, Librarian at Lowell Elementary in Bellingham, WA