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The Boy and the Tree

October 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

Swedish hot dog lunch followed by a book presentation, book signing and workshop with Swedish-born author Maria Ribbing Cornell and her son Nicholas Cornell, young artist on the autism spectrum and illustrator of the book.

“The boy and the tree” is a book about Carlos who migrates with his parents to a new country, leaving everything he knows behind. To help him remember his roots, his grandfather gives him a young tree from his orchard. Carlos finds that raising the tree in the unfamiliar city is difficult, just like the move. One day, a girl walks up to introduce herself. Despite the language and cultural barriers, the two begin a friendship that helps both Carlos and his tree establish roots in their new community.

Maria Ribbing Cornell moved to the USA at age 22, obtained a Master’s degree in education, and has worked as a school teacher for over twelve years. Today she is the owner of Cornell’s Sketchbook Productions, a creative design business. She loves to write stories, especially those illustrated by her son. Maria resides in Virginia with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Nicholas Cornell is a young artist with a certificate in 2D animation from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He spends most of his time in his studio creating illustrations and animation on the computer, painting at the easel, or sculpting with clay. When he is not creating art, he likes to walk his friendly dog, travel, explore in nature, and plant fruits and vegetables in his garden.

Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Paid reservations by Thursday, Oct. 17. No refunds after this date. $5 at the door is without lunch.



October 20, 2019
12:00 pm


Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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