The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest

Lynne Cherry, Author Gulliver Green $17 (40p) ISBN 978-0-15-200520-7
In this breathtakingly beautiful picture book, Cherry combines illustrations that reveal a naturalist's reverence for beauty with a mythlike story that explains the ecological importance of saving the rain forests. The text is not a didactic treatise, but a simply told story about a man who falls asleep while chopping down a kapok tree. The forest's inhabitants--snakes, butterflies, a jaguar, and finally a child--each whisper in his ear about the terrible consequences of living in ``a world without trees'' or beauty, about the interconnectedness of all living things. When the man awakens and sees all the extraordinary creatures around him, he leaves his ax and ``walks out of the rain forest.'' A map showing the earth's endangered forests and the creatures that dwell within ends the book which, like the rain forests themselves, is ``wondrous and rare.'' Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/19/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 48 pages - 978-1-57690-084-0
Prebound-Other - 33 pages - 978-0-606-17843-3
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Hardcover - 40 pages - 978-986-7942-78-4
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