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

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

by Lynne Cherry

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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. "This modern fable with its urgent message contains an abundance of information in the text and in the lush paintings that portray the wildlife and vegetation of the area."-The Horn Book 9 X 11. Full-color illustrations

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152005207
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/15/1990
Series: Gulliver Green Book Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 268,759
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

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.

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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

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Great Kapok Tree 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
fnborries on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book to the 5th graders. This book is about a logger who is sent to cut down a beautiful Kapok Tree in the rain forest. After hitting the tree a few times with the ax he grows tired. When he is sleeping all the animals that need the kapok tree and use it come and tell him why they need it and beg him not to cut it down. In the end of the book the man wakes up and looks at all the animals and walks away. It has a great moral to it and you can ask your students what they can do to help the environment and different other habbitats besides the rain forest.
jhill06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Fantasy/InformationalCritique: This a a good example of a fantasy book because of the actions of the animals in the story. They all took turns trying to convince the man to leave them alone, and that is impossible. It is an informational book too though, because it is full of information about the rain forest and the animals that live there. It talks about such issues as if the rain forest was cut down, the butterflies would not have a home to live in and flowers to pollinate.
lauraklandoll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of animals saving their rain forest. When a human tries to cut down a great Kapok tree, they convince him not to. I liked this book very much. It went straight to the point, don't cut down the rain forest. I almost hear the talking animals as they convince the human, while he slept, not to cut down the Kapok tree.This is a great book to show students the trouble rain forests are in at this moment. This book has wonderful pictures, very colorful, a super book to show students all the animals in the rain forest.
justinscott66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are so many teachable moments in this primary read aloud. I can't wait to use Cherry's contribution to introduce reader's theater to early childhood students. Granted, the themes of community, citizenship, interconnectedness, global responsibility and diversity in "The Great Kapok Tree" are simplified. However, as an early reader, the text introduces those themes beautifully.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is a great book and could be used to introduce Rainforest habitats. It focuses on how we need to act and how to conserve these habitats through a fun and imaginative story line. The illustrations are beautiful.
maryanntherese on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am sorry to say that this beautifully illustrated book is so rife with an ultra-left-wing environmental agenda that I could not in good conscience share it with my children. The implication is that if one tree is cut down, an entire civilization and way of life will be destroyed. There is no room for responsible forest management here. I do not know upon what Ms. Cherry believes her books are printed!For another beautiful look at the South American jungle, try Jan Brett's The Umbrella.
missmichelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age Appropriateness: PrimaryGenre: In this book the rain forest animals talk to a man sleeping by a tree, which makes this story fit into the fantasy category. The author creates a imaginative world with believable characters to get the message of the importance of saving the rain forest across. This book seems to depict a situation that could really happen, but remains a fantasy because the author is creating a fantasy world where animals can talk.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A man has been instructed to cut down a kapoc tree in the rainforest by his boss. He begins, but takes a nap because he is tired. While he sleeps, all the animals that live in the forest (and one native) whisper in his ear about why they need the tree. He looks at them after waking up, drops his ax, and leaves.
TeacherTinaTS More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book to teach about conservation of the Rain Forest.
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tchrreader More than 1 year ago
This is a great story with a touching message. I read this story to my class at school every year as well as my own children. The story of the earth, more specifically the rain forest and all of the living creatures who live there. A young man is in the rain forest and needs to work by chopping down the trees, as he rests he falls asleep and all of the creatures of the rain forest tell the young man their story and how the rain forest is their home. It is a realistic, touching story with a great message.
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Cerotiqua More than 1 year ago
My son is 5yrs old and and loves this story. He enjoys the different chatacter animals and the great pictures. The graphics are absolutely great. He even had his grandmother read it with him and she enjoyed it also. Great read for the imagination and reality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember sitting with my grandmother reading this book...i was 5 then and now at 19 I love this book still. It made a deep impression on me as a this to your children; so that they may grow up to love and care for our earth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story takes place deep in the Amazon rainforest. In this story, the characters are a man, the animals of the rainforest and a kid from the Yanomami tribe. The theme of this story is to save the rainforest. In the beginning of the story, a man enters the rainforest to cut down the great kapok tree. He was lulled to sleep by the comfort of the forest. While he was sleeping he was visited by the creatures of the forest. They told him of the damages he would cause if he cut down the tree. Finally, a child from the Yanomami tribe comes and tells him to 'please look upon us with new eyes.' He awoke and saw the beauty of the forest, then he rose up and left leaving the axe behind. My opinion of this book was it was nice to read. I would recommend this book to others.