Luna and Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest

The true story of a girl who protested to protect her favorite redwood tree.

Once there was a redwood treeā€•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.

Author(s): Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Photograph of Butterfly laying down in the tree she named "Luna" to protest it being cut down. Butterfly is dressed in brown and wearing a tie dyed headband.
Photo of the real Butterfly in the real Luna.
Excerpt from the book. Features an illustration of Butterfly sitting in the tree she named Luna. The text reads: "Deep within Luna's split trunk, Butterfly discovered a magical cave. It was alive! She found ferns, huckleberry, furry green moss, tiny mushrooms, bugs, chickadees, hummingbirds, chipmunks, and even a fox!"
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