Greta and the Giants

Last week I randomly selected ten fresh, hot-off-the-presses picture books from my library’s “New Books” cart. My plan was to feature my favorite in this month’s post. And the winner is . . . Greta and the Giants (by Zoe Tucker, illustrated by Zoe Persico)!

This sweet, fictional story begins by introducing Greta, a girl who lives in a beautiful forest.

But soon Giants came and began ruining the forest, which endangered all the animals that lived there. So Greta decided to take a stand.

Soon, a boy joined her her cause.

Then many others joined the fight against the Giants. Until finally the Giants listened and decided to change their ways. And the forest returned to its beautiful state.

By now, you’ve probably figured out the real-life inspiration for this tale (hence the subtitle, “Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s Stand to Save the World.”)

What I love about this book:

  • The illustrations are incredibly colorful and striking.
  • The story demonstrates the power of one person taking a stand, and the huge impact of many when people work together.
  • This important message is conveyed in a straightforward, yet compelling way that children can easily understand.
  • The back matter pages share information about climate change and how readers can help.
  • The book was printed in the U.S. on recycled paper.
  • For each book purchase, 3% of the cover price is donated to, an organization working to help the environment.


Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the author of more than 100 books. A mechanical engineer by degree, she enjoys writing about science topics and fascinating historical figures. Recent books include: SWISH! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, The Daring Dozen, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane, The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, The Inventor’s Secret, and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Coming soon -- MARS IS, JUNE ALMEIDA VIRUS DETECTIVE! THE WOMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, and TBA titles from Calkins Creek, Peachtree, and Random House. Learn more about Suzanne and her books at:


  1. I’m going to check my library for this book today. Sounds like a book to share. And the art looks great!

  2. Deborah A Buschman

    Sounds like an awesome book. I absolutely love the illustrations.

  3. This one sounds and looks lovely–going to look for it. Thank you!

  4. I’ll have to look for this one. Thanks for sharing, Suzanne.

  5. This book is powerful and beyond gorgeous!

  6. I love the concept of this beautiful book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story relays a wonderful message.

  7. Great example of real-life events inspiring fiction. It takes courage for one person to take a stand!

  8. This looks like a wonderful book. And important, too.

  9. Wonderful story with a powerful message. Should be shared in all classrooms!

  10. Looks like an inspiring book. Hope they sent a copy to the White House. Unfortunately, the one who needs the lesson the most isn’t much of a reader. 🙁

  11. Oh, I really want to read this inspiring book! Perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Yes, those illustrations! Wow. Will be looking for this one.

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