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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Captain Green returns in a new planet-saving adventure! Captain Green and the Tree Machine by Evelyn Bookless is about a young superhero who is passionate about protecting the planet. He is working on an invention to do just that when he is alerted to trouble. Trees are being chopped down and affecting several different animals. He finds a new nest for Hornbill, food for Elephant, and new trees to swing in for Orangutan. He returns to his invention, determined to fix the forest, and he is successful for a while. Then he realizes the job might be too big for just one superhero and he comes up with an even better plan.
I loved Captain Green and the Tree Machine by Evelyn Bookless! Every year teachers and parents come to the library looking for books to share with kids about the environment, especially on Earth Day. Captain Green will be at the top of my list of recommendations. The illustrations by Danny Deeptown are expressive and engaging. This is the perfect introduction to the serious problem of deforestation but presented in a very accessible way, even for the youngest listeners. It is rare to find an environmental story that is so engaging yet so clear on what is happening in our world. This hits the mark with both the story and the message. Bookless has also included more in-depth information at the end as well as practical and unique ways that kids can help protect the planet. I am looking forward to more adventures from Captain Green.