Great Kapok Tree

JANUARY 2020 SearReads: The Great Kapok Tree: a tale of the Amazon rain forest

by Lynne Cherry Year Published: 1990

This month’s SearRead is The Great Kapok Tree by, Lynne Cherry.  This book supports the United Nations Sustainable Goal # 15, Life on Land.  Did you know 1.6 billion depend on forests for their livelihood? (UN.ORG) 

Click here to learn more about this important goal and how people around the world are making changes to support this goal.

At Searingtown we are supporting this goal by learning about life on land through The Great Kapok Tree  “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” (