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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Pemba and the Little Green Tree by Shirley J. Starr is a children’s illustrated storybook. Pemba and his family live in a small stone hut on the mountain. They work their terraces, planting and harvesting food for the winter and Pemba and his grandfather collect firewood. One day, when they head up the mountain to collect wood, they see a strange man seated at their resting place. He is the man who looks after the forest and, between them, the man and Pemba’s grandfather explain what causes the landslides that destroy everything in their path. Pemba wants to do something about it and he helps the man plant 100 new trees on the mountainside. This story is all about looking after our environment, about sustainability, and it provides young readers with a look at the challenges we face today.
Pemba and the Little Green Tree by Shirley J. Starr is a great book for kids. It has everything – an inspiring story, fabulous illustrations, and a strong message about the environment, the damage being done to it on a daily basis and what we can do to help. This is wonderfully written, with nice simple language perfectly aimed at its audience and a story that we can all learn from. As a gardener myself, I see the importance of replacing what we take from the earth and wish that many more did too. This is an important story and one that should be a part of school curriculums everywhere. After all, it is the next generation who either has to live with or repair the damage the current generation is doing to the planet!