The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure
Written and illustrated by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini
A young girl from Sweden helps her grade school class raise funds to save a forest in Costa Rica. Years later, she returns to the rainforest with her son. Peter, Anna’s son, is fascinated by the rainforest and all of the life within it. As they spend time with their hosts and explore the forest, Peter and the readers learn about the animals that live in this habitat.
The book will engage young readers through it’s easy-to-read story and breathtaking illustrations. As Peter encounters different animals, the author includes detailed information about the animal in the sidebars. Each page has educational content to accompany the story and dialogue.
The Forever Forest works well as a read aloud with young children. Alternately, children can read the book independently taking time to explore and discover.
Children at the fourth grade reading level may find the book challenging, but accessible enough to enjoy reading it. The Forever Forest will re-enforce reading level skills, as well as comprehension skills. The book is fun to read, the story is interesting and inspiring.
For children at the fourth grade reading level, this book can serve as a starting off point for discussion about the rainforest. The book can be used to help children become aware of nature and animals. In addition, teachers can engage readers in discussion about what each person can do to help our environment. Children will learn that they can make a difference and that something that starts small can grow and have a lasting positive impact.
The Forever Forest is a great addition to any classroom or school library list.
The author’s website, www.xyzant.com, has additional information on her other books. And she even visits schools and talks about her experiences!