Book review: Luna & Me: the True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest, by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Kostecki-Shaw,  Jenny Sue. Luna & me: the true story of a girl who lived in a tree to save a forest. Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, 2015. unp. $18.99. ISBN: 978-0-8050-9976-8. Gr. 2+. P8 Q9

KosteckiShaw Luna & MeThe environment is in the news a lot lately. Global warming being the main topic. The theory of global warming is debated between those who believe it is happening and those who don’t. In my twenties I heard the term tree lover and thought nothing of it. That is, until I visited the redwoods and saw for myself the destruction. Clear cutting of these majestic trees was taking place and only those that were protected were being saved. It was a woman, Julia Butterfly Hill, who helped to save these trees. She occupied a tree she named Luna for two years. She brought national awareness to the plight of these trees which helped to save them. She is now an inspirational speaker who teaches about the environment and how we can help save our Earth. The author is also the illustrator of the book. She used watercolors, acrylics, salt, pencil and collage to bring this story to life.

January 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.


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