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Luna and Me: The Story of Julia Butterfly Hill

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a picture book version of the real-life heroism of Julia Butterfly Hill, a woman who lived for two years in the branches of Luna, a great redwood tree in order to save the grove from logging. In this picture book, Butterfly is shown as a girl rather than an adult. She spends many of her days exploring nature and then discovers Luna and climbs up into her branches. When she realizes that Luna is going to be chopped down, she stays in the branches. That starts her adventure high in the can ...more
Carol Ekster
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is beautifully written and the perfect book to read elementary students to inspire them about making a difference in the world. This could also be shared during earth week or with any unit dealing with the environment. The illustrations are amazing!
Payton Doherty
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elm-335
This picture book, "Luna and Me: The Story of Julia Butterfly Hill" by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw was a WOW book for me because it was a biography, but it was filled with beautiful language and illustrations. It was a fun, student friendly biography. It brought the forest to life as well as told the tale the peaceful protestor. It was filled with so many lessons and teaching moments. This book is about a young girl noticing a wrong doing in the environment that she lives in. Instead of walking away ...more
Amber Goebel
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
As a fellow lover of the Redwoods, I felt a connection to this biographical account of Julia "Butterfly" Hill and her mission to save an old growth redwood giant. Kostecki-Shaw tells this complex story of politics and activism in a way that is accessible and interesting for young children. She even portrays Hill as a young girl in the illustrations, though she was 23 when she climbed up into a 180 ft. tall redwood named "Luna" to protest the cutting of a grove of these 1,000+ year old trees. She ...more
Grace Kim
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Luna and Me is based on a true story about how a girl called Butterfly saves a tree named Luna from getting cut down. One day, as Butterfly explores around the forest, she discovers Luna, a big Redwood tree. When she finds out that the tree is going to be chopped down by the lumber company, Butterfly decides to live inside Luna. For two whole years, Butterfly lives inside Luna until the lumber company decides to not cut down Luna.

This inspiring story of Butterfly can be read to students to remi
Katie Dangle
Title: Luna & Me: A True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest
Author: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Illustrator: April Ward
Genre: Biography (K-2)
Theme(s): Nature, Commitment, Strength, Kindness, Trees, Environmentalism, Logging
Opening line/sentence: Have you ever climbed a tree?
Brief Book Summary: A young girl, named Julia, also known as Butterfly, loves nature. One day she discovers a very old, tall, beautiful tree named Luna. Luna is marked with a blue X, which Julia discovers tha
Jessica Mowery
Such an inspiring, true story of a girl who didn't give up on what she was passionate about. When "Butterfly" moves to a new town, she falls in love with the redwood tree named Luna. She notices that Luna has a blue X on her trunk which she eventually learns that she will soon be cut down. Butterfly decides that she will live in the tree to protect her and the animals that live in the tree. This is a great book to read to children during Earth Week and to inspire them to stand up for what they b ...more
Ashley Biles
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-shelf
Kostecki-Shaw, J. S. () Luna & me. New York: Christy Ottaviano Books.

This is a book based off the real story of Julia who live in a tree for two years in order to prevent an ancient redwood from being cut down. This book is important to the text set for several different reasons: this is based off a true story and due to that therefore shows the very real problems that can happen with trees. I think it also shows that there are several different life forms that depend on trees as well, as s
Rivera Sun
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an activist & nonviolence trainer who also has nieces and nephews, this book is a perfect way to introduce young people to the love, courage, and vision of people like Julia Butterfly Hill who take a stand on behalf of the Earth. If you have Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" on your kids bookshelf, this book should be right next to it, bridging the fictional with the real in a way that will empower and educate your kids.
This book was on my list of "not-boring learning books" according to my 6 year-old:

My daughter couldn’t wait until the end of the story to find out if this was a real “learning book.” We were both eager to learn more at the end of Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw’s book about Julia Hill’s conservation activism.

KyLee Johnson
This story is well written. This story can encourage children to make a difference in the world. I loved how this story is written well for children and gives real life facts about Julia Hill. This is an overall great book from the text to the illustrations.
YingYu  Chen
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-book-a-day
The way this book shapes the protagonist’s will and good-will stands out so well that after reading the book can make a person want to do good to nature.

The illustration presents the spirits as well. Even though the tree somewhat gets personified even in pictures, it’s understandable.

Hannah Feeney
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great, real life story about a women who wants to save the trees. Readers will feel inspired to make a difference in our world, and save the things that matter. Children will love hearing this story and seeing the pictures of nature throughout the book.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, non-fiction
Fascinating story, and even more so because it is based on real events. Rich with discussion potential.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book kinda sucks, but the pictures were gorgeous. I'm thinking that's why this book got on the LYRC list for this year.
Title: Luna & Me
Author/Illustrator: Jenny Sue Kostcki-Shaw
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Picturebook
Theme: Conservation, Nature, Trees, Commitment, Love
Plot Summary: A girl named Julia, otherwise known as Butterfly, had found a redwood tree named Luna. Butterfly noticed that Luna had a big blue X. Butterfly climbed up this tree, marveled at the sights she could see, but soon discovered that the blue X meant Luna was going to be cut down. Butterfly could not let this happen and decided to live
Based on the experiences of Julia Butterfly Hill, an activist and environmentalist who wanted to save the mighty redwoods of California, this picture book does a marvelous job of showing how one person stood up for the trees. Redwoods can live for centuries, and Luna had to be more than 1,000 years old when logger marked her with a X and prepared to cut her down. But Julia, often called Butterfly, fell in love with the tree as she explored its branches. Concerned about its future, she decided to ...more
Brooke Bradford
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Annotation: Luna a great Redwood tree is marked to be cut down, but when a young girl Julia finds it she decides it is much to beautiful and full of life to just be cut down. Julia or (Butterfly) her nickname climbs the tree and makes a stand to save Luna the tree. Julia lives in the tree for two years, and eventually gets the lumber company to shut down their job of taking down the trees and Luna. Julia can now climb down Luna, and go back to her normal life and enjoy all the beauty in the fore ...more
This is a worthy subject, but the writing (which is cutesy and amateurish) diminishes it. The author has taken the story of of Julia Hill--a young woman in her 20s, who stayed up in a giant redwood for 2 years to prevent it being cut down--and tried much too hard to make it accessible to young children. Therein lies the problem. Kostecki-Shaw personifies the tree--Luna--not too convincingly, and the tree becomes cartoonish, rather than awesome. The author also takes liberties with Julia's actual ...more
Ashley Simpson
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-350
Julia Butterfly Hill, known as Butterfly, falls in love with a tree named Luna. After spending many days in within the branches, its announced that the tree is to be cut down. After some thought, Butterfly decides she must save the tree by living in it. After two years of storms and creatures, she saves the tree.

I had heard about this story about how a woman literally lived within the branches of a tree for years in order to save it. I didnt realize this had been converted into a childrens story
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, 2015, nonfiction
This is beyond beautiful and if I could give it more than five stars, I would. I'll admit that this review may be biased because I adore redwood trees. The illustrations and text are so carefully interwoven and capture the voice of the two main characters well, for the tree, Luna, has much voice in this as the young girl Julia Hill. Through words and images, Luna is clearly personified, yet Julia "Butterfly" Hill is also transformed, too. Their dependency on each other lends a cyclical nature to ...more
Maggie Hahn
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Luna and me is the true story about a girl called Butterfly and how she saved Luna the tree from getting cut down. Butterfly lived in the tree for two years, luckily for her she had a lot of friends to help her. Many people brought her supplies and food to help her while she was living in the tree. Butterfly learned to love Luna and all of her animal friends that lived there too. She stayed in the tree until she knew that Luna would be safe from being cut down. She ended up signing an agreement ...more
Kami Adams
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a wonderful true story that teaches passion and determination. It also teaches that you should stand up for what you believe in.

The book starts out talking about a redwood tree one of the worlds largest and tallest trees. Then, a thousand years later, Julia (Butterfly) is born. One day when Butterfly was wandering around a grove of trees she saw a tree that had broken branches and a blue "x" on it. She discovered it was soon to be chopped down so she climbed up the tree in hopes of takin
Maggie Mattmiller
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once again, I learn through a picture book something I wish I would have learned in school! Why haven't I heard of this woman? This book makes me wonder, however, how true a story has to be to be able to put "true story" on the cover as opposed to "based on a true story". The cover implies this is completely true, but based on what I've done in outside reading, there are a couple of changes or misleading details in this book. Regardless, students will really enjoy this one, and will build a curi ...more
Sam Gallagher
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a girl who loves trees and fights to save them... especially one in particular that she calls Luna. Julia has always had a special love for her trees and she talks to them like they are old friends. But when people come to cut the trees down Julia decides to do something about it and camps out in Luna's branches to protest. Eventually they agree to leave her trees alone and Luna is safe! This is a great book to talk about standing up for what you believe in and it is very ma ...more
Laura G
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A picture book that conveys the awesomeness of redwood trees, as well as the passion of forest activist Julia Butterfly Hill, in a way that is child-friendly. More lyrical than factual, we learn about the abundance of life within a single redwood tree, the remarkable team that made Butterfly's (two-year!) tree-sit possible, some of the challenges she faced, and the victory that she achieved. The author's note is helpful in filling in some factual information that wasn't clear in the picture book ...more
Darcie Caswell
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Julia (also known as Butterfly), loves nature and is distraught when she discovers a beautiful old redwood, Luna, will be cut down. She decides to do what she can to save the tree, climbing up and living in the tree for two years (with the help of friends below).

Based on a true story, the author writes in her notes that she took a more complicated story and simplified it for a young audience.

The text is age appropriate and engaging, the illustrations are beautiful. Inspiring for nature-lovers
Karissa Youngblood
This book is about a girl who loved nature. She loved going on walks and talking to flowers. One day as she was walking through her forest she saw a tree that was going to get cut down, so she climbed up the tree because the couldn't cut it down with a person in it right?
This was a precious book. I loved how into nature she was and how she cared for the earth. I think this would be a great earth day book to read to your class.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
A touching story about one girl’s love of nature and a special bond she shared with a 1,000 year old red wood tree named Luna. Seeing that Luna was marked with a big blue “X,” indicating she would be chopped down, this girl did a remarkable thing… she moved in. For two years she endured wind, rain and insults to ensure her tree’s continued life. Based on a true story that shows one person can make a big difference.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is based on the true story of Julia Butterfly Hill.
The book is about a little girl who loves to explore in the forest and when she finds out that one of the tallest and oldest trees is going to be chopped down. She decides well they can chop it down if there is a human living in it. This is a great book and inspirational story about a girl who knows what she ants and does something about it.
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