The story begins with a man who wanders into the rainforest with the intention of chopping down a beautiful old kapok tree, a source of life for many animals who inhabit the rainforest. Due to the intense heat of the rainforest, he falls asleep and while snoozing the afternoon away, a series of animals each whisper in his ear different reasons why he should not cut down the ancient tree. The rhythm of the text makes for an enjoyable read, and the illustrations are beyond beautiful.
One of the things I like best about this story is that you can take so many differnet approaches to an accompanying post-story craft. For example, kids could...
out the roles of the animals that talk to the man. little kids thrive on movement and really, how awesome would it be to hop around the storytime space as a bright green dart frog?!?!?!
create their own tree ecosystem...have a kapok tree already created for them--from there, they can draw the different animals that live in or near the tree. kids could get really creative with this
Happy Earth Day, everyone!