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Created: 7th December, 2015

The Great Kapok Tree

Author: Lynne Cherry
Illustrator: Lynne Cherry
Publisher: Harcourt

Subtitled ‘A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest’, this picture book expresses clearly by means of vibrant illustrations and a patterned and poetic story, the importance of humans preserving the rainforests and the ecosystems within it for the sake of all who live on this planet.

A man is ordered to cut down a great Kapok tree. He begins the task and when he tires, falls asleep at its foot. Successive animals, birds, insects and finally a child of the Yanomamo tribe all whisper in his ear cogent reasons for why he should not continue. When he awakes, will they have influenced him and what choice will he make? The book begins and ends with a map showing whereabouts in the world there are tropical rainforests and a diagram demonstrating the layers of such a forest.

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