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Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest

Once there was a redwood tree — one of the world's largest and tallest trees, and one of the oldest. And once, born nearly a thousand years after the tree first took root, there was a girl named Julia, who was called Butterfly. When exploring her beloved forest, Butterfly wandered into a grove of ancient trees. One tree had broken branches and a big blue "X" on the side. It was going to be chopped down. Butterfly climbed up into the tree. A tree wouldn't be cut down if it had a person living in it.

This is the story of Julia Butterfly Hill and Luna, the redwood tree she lived in for two years, never once coming down. That is, not until Luna's future was safe.

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"Kostecki-Shaw's beautifully illustrated picture book takes some liberties telling the story of Julia "Butterfly" Hill and her two-year stint tree-sitting in an ancient redwood to prevent its destruction by the Pacific Lumber Company... but Kostecki-Shaw clarifies in an author's note that she made this choice so that the story would resonate more strongly with readers. The narrative is fascinating, with many jumping-off points for discussion with children ("And there wasn't a bathroom."; "To exercise, she climbed barefoot to the very top of Luna every morning."). The logistics are thoughtfully considered, and Kostecki-Shaw is careful to emphasize the teamwork that went into making it possible for Hill to remain in her 180-foot high platform until Luna was safe. Rendered in acrylics, watercolors, salt, pencil, and collage, the delicate, exquisitely detailed illustrations portray Hill, Luna, and the flora and fauna of the forest that take shelter in the giant redwood." — Jane Barrer, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Illustrator Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
ISBN 080509976X
Publication Date May 12, 2015
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Language English