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Colourful collages with an environmental theme from an award-winning artist.
"Each time the reader opens the book, there is something new and delightful to catch the eye." New Scientist When a young boy visits a tropical rain forest, he pretends it is a long time ago and that extinct and rare animals live in the forest, and aboriginal children play there. But how much longer will the rainforest remain, he wonders?
From Australia, a picture book illustrated with photographs of relief collages, ingeniously constructed from many materials (including clay and preserved natural materials such as leaves, sand, and shells) to create a realistic, tactile effect. The story is simple: a boy and his father explore a seaside tropical forest (Australia's Daintree Rainforest), the boy seeing present-day wildlife, imagining animals and aborigines of the past, and finally wondering whether a return visit will find this primeval area intact or overrun by development. The imaginary forms - whether of prehistoric creatures of the future's threatened litter - are intriguingly transparent and evanescent in contrast to the present's vivid solidity. Unusual and beautiful, this serves well its admitted purpose of provoking thought on the vexed question of preservation of natural areas; Baker's young narrator has well conveyed their majesty and wonder. (Kirkus Reviews)
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old
For Grades: K - 3
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 27th July 1989
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.0 x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.17