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The Great Kapok Tree: 06/07/10
Stories with a strong environmental message lend themselves to children's picture books. The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry is in this tradition being a book with gorgeous illustrations of rainforest animals and plants with a message about protecting the Amazon.
This one embraces magical realism bringing an outsider face to face with the creatures who rely on the kapok tree for their livelihood. When the lumberjack comes to the Great Kapok tree he is overcome with fatigue and falls asleep at its base. There he is visited by the creatures of the forest.
He is visited by reptiles, insects, birds, cats and finally the natives of the forest. For this lumberjack the experience is enough to convince him to leave the tree standing. Realistically, that's often not the case. Cherry's take home message though is that if enough people learn about the diversity of the forest, maybe it can be saved.
Comment #1: Tuesday, June, 8, 2010 at 09:30:37
We own The Dragon and the Unicorn by the same author I like it.
Comment #2: Friday, June 11, 2010 at 09:04:39
I haven't heard of that book. I will see if my library has a copy of it. Thanks.