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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
“On their own, together./ With the world, always.” Beautiful words to ponder. Imagine what we could do if we all worked together. The ForestGirls, with the World Always relates how girls around the world admire the trees native to their country. Sissel Waage reminds us that as the girls grow, so do the trees and so does the bond between them. And the girls care for these trees; they plant more trees and care for them, too. In return, the trees of the world provide a safe and healthy environment in which the girls can continue to grow. Where there are trees, there is also hope for a better world.
Sissel Waage’s picture book story, The ForestGirls, with the World Always, is an empowering story for young girls. Written with compassion for both girls and the wonderful planet on which we live, the author has provided an engaging and informative look at the world of trees. She expertly presents girls from many countries around the world and features trees native to that area, like the lombi tree in the Republic of Congo and the baobab tree of Madagascar (one of my favorite trees because it’s so legendary in proportions). The author is teaching young readers about trees around the world as well as something about the culture - each illustration demonstrates a young girl wearing a typical costume for the area. The language is simple and some phrases are repeated for added effect. The illustrations are superb and invite the young reader into the mission to save our planet by saving our trees. At the end of the book is a world map showing some of the areas featured in the book. This is a valuable educational tool as well as an enjoyable read.