The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne CherryThe Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

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

byLynne Cherry

Paperback | April 1, 2000

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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 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 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

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.
Title:The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain ForestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 11 × 9 × 0.17 inPublished:April 1, 2000Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152026142

ISBN - 13:9780152026141

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Environmental Story I've read this story every year during Earth Day week. My students are very engaged in the story and it is a great branch to speak of different problems our world faces.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I read this book when I was in school, and it was amazing then and is still amazing now. The pictures are beautiful! This story really helped me, as a child, build concepts about how nature and people are truly interconnected, and it developed a sense of wonder in me for the natural world. I would read this to any and every child I could.
Date published: 2013-01-31

Editorial Reviews

Exceptionally colorful, bright and full of life. . . . Effectively makes specific the larger story of endangered rain forests by taking the problem one creature at a time."- People "Spectacular."- School Library Journal "This modern fable with its urgent message contains an abundance of information." - The Horn Book "