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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, Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw retells this fascinating story for young readers.
Henry Holt and Co. / Christy Ottaviano Books, May 2015
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