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The Great Kapok Tree

This term we are looking the book The Great Kapok Tree.  The Great Kapok Tree is an American children's picture book about rainforest conservation. It was written and illustrated by Lynne Cherry and was originally published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1990.

The book is about a man who exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest's residents, including a Snake, Jaguar, Sloth, and a child from the Yanomamo tribe. The animals explain their dependence on the tree and the importance of the tree to the world. The man wakes up, picks up his axe and prepares to cut the tree, but before he begins to cut the tree, he remembers what the animals had told him, and finally decides not to cut down the tree by dropping his axe and leaving the rain forest.

You can view the story by either watching one of the links below from YouTube or by watching our versions on the links to the right.

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry - YouTube

Story Time: The Great Kapok tree - YouTube animation version