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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Nina lives along the bank of the Amazon River. Her favorite place is a quiet, secluded spot by the river, where she can sit and read for hours. That is, until a big booming noise disrupts her solitude. She must hurry; the forest is in danger. All the trees and the animals that live in the forest are being threatened and destroyed. The Amazon rainforest is a vital part of the world’s ecosystem. What can a little girl living with her elders in a forest community do to save the forest? Can she use modern technology to let the world know what’s happening? Will she be able to rally the forces to prevent the forest’s total destruction?
Heider Broisler and Rafael Martho’s picture book story, Nina Loves the Forest, is a vibrant and compassionate story about caring for each other and for the world around us. The plot follows Nina’s discovery of the destructive process and her plea to the world to help save the Amazon rainforest. As Nina’s grandfather sadly proclaims, “The world needs to know what’s happening in the Amazon.” The story is told in simple language so young readers can easily follow along and the bold, colorful illustrations help heighten the plot development. This story will definitely appeal to young readers; it’s engaging, entertaining, and educational all in one simple story. There is a powerful message in this story, one that speaks to all generations and must be recognized before it’s too late. As Nina says, “The trees are our friends.” We all need to work together to save the planet.