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

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Harcourt, 1990 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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The author and artist Lynne Cherry journeyed deep into the rain forests of Brazil to write and illustrate her gorgeous picture bookThe Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (1990). One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest’s residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe, whisper in his ear about the importance of trees and how "all living things depend on one another" . . . and it works. Cherry’s lovingly rendered colored pencil and watercolor drawings of all the "wondrous and rare animals" evoke the lush rain forests, as well as stunning world maps bordered by tree porcupines, emerald tree boas, and dozens more fascinating creatures.

Awards: IRA Teacher’s Choice (1991), ABA’s Pick of the Lists, Reading Rainbow Review Book, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Trade Book for Children

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User Review  - DVerdecia - LibraryThing

The Author could have gotten her message of "save the rain forests" across by using half the number of animals she used to spell out the damage that mankind is doing by chopping down the rain forest ... Read full review

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

A good way to start talking to a child about the interdependent web of life, saving the rain forest, conservation. I'd say that age 9 is too old, so 4-8 would be appropriate. Read full review

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About the author (1990)

LYNNE CHERRY has devoted her life to sharing her concern about environmental issues with others. Her important children's books also include The Armadillo from Amarillo and two tales from the Amazon rain forest: The Great Kapok Tree and The Shaman's Apprentice. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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