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Ten Little Wishes

Andrea Alban

award-winning author

San Francisco, CA USA

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Andrea Alban guides children and their grown-ups on a journey through the imagination and a forest of tree friends. Her engaging and humorous presentation inspires the audience to celebrate one of nature's most precious resources: trees. Andrea shares her poetry and amazing tree facts, accompanied by her apple tree puppet in an interactive program, interspersed with biographical anecdotes. A Q & A session and book signing are included in the 45 minute performance.

Year(s) of participation: 2013, 2018

A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:

2018 at ST. HILARY SCHOOL in Tiburon, California USA and ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SCHOOL in San Francisco, California USA


Andrea Alban
photos by Jeffrey Mensch

Andrea Alban visited Saint Hilary School in Tiburon on April 12, 2018 and Saint Vincent De Paul School in San Francisco on April 18, 2018. She presented her Happiness Tree Talk to hundreds of students and teachers. Andrea was accompanied by her apple tree puppet, TREE-Na. The students learned about the redwood empire on the Northern California coast, and the roots of Earth Day in 1970. In a touching call-and-response-format, the two school communities recited The Happiness Tree Pledge:

Andrea Alban
photos by Jeffrey Mensch

I promise to care for the birds, chipmunks, squirrels, and wildlife nestled in the branches of trees.
I will protect the trees in my community.
I will water my trees.
I wil sit beside my trees.
I will start with my heart and my own little patch of earth.

The Earth Day take-away was: Everything good begins with me.

The Saint Hilary student body voted to donate $250 of Andrea's speaking fee to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. Saint Vincent de Paul voted to donate the $250 fee to Surfrider Foundation's national network of chapters.

2013 at ST. HILARY SCHOOL in Tiburon, California USA


Andrea Alban

I visited Saint Hilary School in Tiburon, CA on April 23, 2013 to celebrate Earth Day with their K-3rd grade students. I was accompanied by my apple tree puppet, TREEna, who decided to change her name to Hilary after seeing the school signage! The children voted to donate my speaking fee of $300 to the Ocean Conservancy. Their school overlooks San Francisco Bay which is fed by the Pacific Ocean.

Andrea Alban

Andrea Alban

I shared some amazing tree facts. read tree poetry and led the students in a pledge to find a favorite tree, water it, sit beside it and watch the squirrels and birds.