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The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

The Great Kapok Tree

by Lynne Cherry

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This is a great read aloud to make text to world connections with young readers. It teaches the importance of trees, rain forests, and the animals that live there. This story begins with a man starting to chop down a tree, but he soon grows tired and falls asleep. One by one, the animals that live in this great kapok tree visit the man while he sleeps and whisper in his ear reasons to leave the tree as it is. When he awakens, he sees all of the beautiful animals and forestry around him and decides to drop his axe and leave the rain forest. The pictures are almost life-like in this story about teaching the importance of our rain forests and environment. ( )
  AlyssaMacy | Feb 19, 2019 |
This book paints an amazing picture of the importance of our rain forests and trees. When a tree is threatened to be cut down the animals that rely on it to live fight to save it. This includes a child preaching the importance of our earth. Through their perseverance in fighting for what they believe in they are able to change the world around them. ( )
  nicolehalbur | Jan 12, 2019 |
Elementary grade levels, good for K-1
  UUAALibrary | Jan 9, 2019 |
This book can used to teach children about the importance of trees and the purposes they serve in the environment. It can also be used to give an example of onomatapeias. ( )
  darbyhunter1 | Oct 14, 2018 |
Book for text to world connections. Book describes implications of mans actions and how it harms the rainforest. I would then add shared writing or KWL chart to list student perspectives on the implications of our actions on the environment. 1st-3rd grade.
  lisafulwiler | May 20, 2018 |
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This book is dedicated to the memory of Chico Mendes, who gave his life in order to preserve a part of the rain forest.
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If a tree falls in the forest... someone or something will always be there to hear it. Many, many creatures will feel the effects when their source of sustenance and shelter falls to the earth. So when a man is sent into the Amazon rain forest one day, under instructions to chop down a great kapok tree, many eyes watch him nervously. It's not long before he grows tired, though, and the "heat and hum" of the rain forest lulls him to sleep. One by one, snakes, bees, monkeys, birds, frogs, and even a jaguar emerge from the jungle canopy to plead with the sleeping ax-man to spare their home. When the man awakens, startled at all the rare and marvelous animals surrounding him, he picks up his ax as if to begin chopping again, then drops it and walks away, presumably never to return.

Unfortunately, there's always someone else who is willing to take his place, but the message of this environmental book is plain: Save the rain forest! The story itself is not overly compelling, but each personalized entreaty from the animals provides an accurate and persuasive scientific argument for preserving nature's gifts. Lynne Cherry's fertile watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations, including a map of the tropical rain forests of the world, are vivid and colorful. A fine starting point for a discussion about conservation. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:02 -0400)

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The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.

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