3/21: Childrens Book of The Week; The Great Kapok Tree

The Great Kapok Tree
by Lynne Cherry
“Señor, how much is beauty worth? Can you live without it? If you destroy the beauty of the rainforest, on what would you feast your eyes on?”

Since it’s publication in 1990, The Great Kapok Tree has been a huge favorite with parents, teachers, and children of all ages. A young man is sent into the forest to chop down a mighty kapok tree, but falls asleep at its base. As he sleeps, the rain forest’s inhabitants whisper to the sleeping man the many functions that single tree holds to all of their lifestyles, and entreat him not to cut it down. The final question will be if the man will remember all the wonderful things the rain forest made him see and hear in his dreams when we wakes up.

The Great Kapok Tree has been named an IRA Teacher’s Choice book of 1991, a Reading Rainbow pick, and an American Bookseller’s ‘Pick of the Lists’. A children’s environmental book with a really beautiful story.

 ~ Susan Chodakiewitz is a composer, writer, lyricist and children’s book author.  She founded Booksicals in 2009 to encourage a love of reading through the arts.  Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut picture book ~