This short but powerful picture book is an environmental story about young student activists and a great introduction to timely topics: What is freedom of speech? How can we ensure everyone has a chance to express their opinions? And, why bother voting? Set in Chile, students are shocked to learn that a cherished monkey puzzle tree in the middle of their school grounds is going to be destroyed. Exercising their political rights, the students form two opposing groups – “Millennials for Nature” and “Developers for Science and Progress” – then advertise, vigorously debate, and hold a plebiscite. The book includes an interesting background on monkey puzzle trees, a vulnerable millennial species. Subdued colour illustrations by Chilean artist-illustrator Gabriela Lyon complement this valuable addition to school libraries, particularly for social responsibility and Reading Power collections. | Claudio Fuentes is a professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile. This is his first picture book.
56 pp., 8.25 × 8.25", colour illustrations
Source: Association of Book Publishers of BC - BC Books for Schools (2021-2022)
About the authors
CLAUDIO FUENTES holds a PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina. He is the author of numerous books and articles on issues concerning democratization, security, and international relations.He lives in Santiago, Chile.
GABRIELA LYON is a children’s book illustrator, author, and teacher of drawing at Finis Terrae University in Santiago de Chile.
“The message of this book, which focuses on a student body’s divided opinion about an issue vital to its future, is that disagreements can lead to fruitful discussion, better understanding and great ideas.”
—New York Times
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