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|Author: Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini
Illustrator: Rachel Crandell
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95 | Hardback • $16.95
The 54,000-acre Children’s Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica began as an idea, a few kids, and a bake sale. Word spread and children from over 44 countries raised the funds to make it happen in 1987. Here is its story with a fresh twist, as young Peter discovers that his mother was one of those original kids. What a terrific way to learn both about cooperation and a magnificent habitat! Kristin Joy Pratt has done it again with a style that kids—and environmental educators—love.
- ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (Finalist)
- PW Green Books for Kids Section
- Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (Silver: Environmental Issues)
- Mom’s Choice Award (Silver: Green Earth)
- iParenting Media Award
The Children’s Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica owes its preservation to a group of school children from Sweden and their fundraising efforts to purchase and protect the forest. Word of their project spread and eventually children in 44 countries were contributing to the fund. Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini and Rachel Crandell’s The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure imagines a young boy from Sweden visiting the rain forest with his mother, only to discover that she was one of the members of the original second-grade sponsoring class. Peter’s explorations with his parent are detailed in horizontal text boxes; information about the species they observe is found in vertical panels. From these panels cartoon figures of the mother and her son peer into Pratt-Serafini’s colorful jungle scenes. The fact that children played such a important role in saving this rain forest may inspire others to investigate conservation projects.
— School Library Journal (www.schoollibraryjournal.com) – Grace Oliff(September 22, 2009)
“This book is a child’s introduction to the world of a tropical rain forest. . . . It vividly describes his exhilarating journey as he explores the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of the rain forest. Readers will enjoy this picturesque introduction to the exotic and endangered species of the tropical rain forest. On each page of this colorful presentation, scientific names are listed and a concise description of the unique structural adaptations of animals and plants are also given. . . . Throughout the book, an interesting dialogue takes place as plants and animals are described and children’s pictures are displayed with behavior similar to the animals. . . .”
— NSTA Recommends (Nat. Science Teacher’s Assoc.)(June 2008)