ABA's Pick of the Lists
Charlotte Award [New York]
IRA Teachers' Choice
NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children
Reading Rainbow Review Book
Synopses & Reviews
The author and artist Lynne Cherry journeyed deep into the rain forests of Brazil to write and illustrate her gorgeous picture book The 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 forestand#8217;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. Cherryand#8217;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 Teacherand#8217;s Choice (1991), ABAand#8217;s Pick of the Lists, Reading Rainbow Review Book, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Trade Book for Children
This inspired look at what the Kapok tree means to the creatures that live in it and what rain forests mean to the world's ecology was at the forefront of the ecological movement ten years ago and continues to resonate profoundly with children everywhere.
Exhausted from his labors, a man chopping down a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rain forest puts down his ax, and, as he sleeps, the animals who live in the tree plead with him not to destroy their world.
About the Author
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.