Christy Ottaviano Books
(Henry Holt and Co.)
Published 5.12.2015 * 40 pages
A True Tale with A Cherry On Top
Author and Illustrator: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Character: Julia Butterfly Hill
Overview from the jacket flap:
“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.
One day, 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 cut down. Butterfly climbed up into the tree. Don’t trees have a right to just be? she thought. And, she also thought, a tree wouldn’t be cut down if it had a person living in it. A person who would go on to live in that tree for two years.
Inspired by Julia Butterfly Hill’s courageous fight to save an ancient redwood…”