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El gran capoquero: Un cuento de la selva amazónica

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The Spanish-language edition of The Great Kapok Tree.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published July 15th 1994 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 15th 1990)
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Kathryn
Okay, first let me say that this is a lovely book--the writing style is simple but touching, the artwork is great--realistic yet still "artsy" (I love the inside-cover spread with the map of the world, showing the rain forest areas, and then a border of rain forest fauna). Also, I am all for the message of conservation--this one wasn't too heavy-handed, but still will help raise children's awareness that it is important to preserve nature.

This book still rather annoyed me, though, following a bi
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midnightfaerie
Sep 26, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
My 5 yr old and I really enjoyed this book. It was recommended reading for his lesson on South America and it's all about saving the rain forests. The beautiful illustrations really make you feel for the animals and the habitat and it opened my son's eyes to how we're all living things are dependent on each other. We also learned a lot of new animals, and we loved looking at the world map, a map he's become intimately familiar with. A wonderful book and great addition to any children's library.
Bethe
Apr 30, 2016 Bethe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re reading this classic ecology tale for the umpteenth time - fabulously detailed illustrations overcome the sometimes didactic text.
Sarah Sammis
Stories with a strong environmental message lend themselves to children's picture books. The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry is in this tradition being a book with gorgeous illustrations of rainforest animals and plants with a message about protecting the Amazon.

This one embraces magical realism bringing an outsider face to face with the creatures who rely on the kapok tree for their livelihood. When the lumberjack comes to the Great Kapok tree he is overcome with fatigue and falls asleep at it
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Krista
Sep 28, 2015 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Great Kapok Tree has absolutely gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message about wildlife preservation. This book tells the tale of a man who is about to chop down an enormous tree in the Amazon rain forest, but gets too tired and falls asleep. While he is asleep, all of the animals who would be affected by the tree's absence speak to him and try to convince him not to chop it down. I loved the message of respecting nature and thinking of the bigger picture instead of just one's immediat ...more
Chris
Nov 18, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a really enjoyable, really fast-paced and really well-written children's picture book. It had really beautiful illustrations, great characters, great message and a really good story. It's one my favorite children's pictures books I've ever read in my whole life. I highly recommend this book for children and adults of all ages.
Tatiana Giraldo
Feb 15, 2015 Tatiana Giraldo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about a man that is going to cut an old tree in the rainforest. The animals that depend on the tree appear to the man on his dreams and tell him why he shouldn't cut it down. It is a great story about ecology, compassion and how everything is connected.
Claire
Oct 16, 2015 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little kids saw me holding this book today. I found it bright and colourful - bringing back pleasant memories of an Amazon Trail game I'd play all the time when I was yea high.

I suppose I was in the right place at the right time.
Jennifer
This is a great science and social studies related book for my preschool students. We discover what a kapok tree is (they had never heard of it), where it grows (rainforest), where the rainforests are (social studies), and the animals/insects in the rainforest (science).
Natalie
Nov 18, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why doesn't the jaguar just eat the man who wants to cut down the tree?
Unique
Nov 07, 2016 Unique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educ-378
Text-to-World Connection: How does a theme or content presented in the book connect to something happening in the world?
Text-to Teaching Connection: What is a response activity that you can do in a classroom with Children in response to the book?

"THE GREAT KAPOK TREE" is easily related to the existing deforestation and the importance and of the human impacts dealing with the loss of animals and their homes. Most of my children have never been out of Georgia, therefore I would feel the need to do
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Maria
Nov 09, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1.Four to seven year old's.
2. "The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest" illustrated the importance of many animals that belong to the rain forest through bright full page engaging illustrations that capture the pure beauty of the Amazon Rain Forest. A man who travels into the Rain Forest on a mission to cut down the Kapok Tree falls asleep under the tree. As he sleeps many animals from birds, snakes and even jaguars come whisper in his ear asking him not to cut down the tree for i
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Amelia
Nov 22, 2016 Amelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lynne Cherry uses this story to convey a message about the importance of the rainforest and preserving it. A man falls asleep under a kapok tree and while he sleeps each animal, bug, and even a child pass by his ear and tell him why the rainforest is so important and why he should preserve it and STOP cutting at the tree. When he wakes he looks at the animals, the bugs, and the child and decides to stop cutting the tree and leaves the rainforest. Lynne Cherry actually travelled to Brazil in orde ...more
Natalie Hoist
Dec 05, 2016 Natalie Hoist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It tells a story about Kapok tree in the Amazon Rain Forest. Throughout the book, the guy who is about the chop down this beautiful tree is faced with all of the animals that it would affect. This is a beautiful story, filled with amazing illustrations of the rain forest. It shows the perspective from animals lives and the effect that chopping down trees would have on them. I would recommend to read this during Earth Day, and have a discussion on it.
Mary Pease
Oct 02, 2016 Mary Pease rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Great Kapok Tree" is written and illustrated by Lynne Cherry. This children's book speaks about a man who enters the forest to chop down the Kapok tree. He is tired so before he cuts the tree down, he takes a nap. When napping, different animals who live in the forest whisper in the man's ear. All the animals tell the man why he shouldn't cut the tree down. After the man's nap, he awakens and with an axe in hand, ponders about whether he should continue with his initial plan--cut the tree ...more
Kay
Nov 18, 2016 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
dont cut down the kapok tree!
Ashley Stude
Sep 19, 2014 Ashley Stude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite children's book of all time, "The Great Kapok Tree" is a moving story with a great message for children. Growing up in my house, I was always taught that nature is a very sacred thing, especially the forest. My mother used to read this book to me all the time to teach me about the importance of nature. This book does such a good job of informing kids the importance of nature and why the rain forests should be left alone. The message in this book is a message that isn't taught ...more
Lancee
Mar 01, 2015 Lancee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Great Kapok Tree is a story that stands out for its very colorful and detailed illustrations. The story is a tale of a Kapok Tree in the Amazon rainforest that is a home to a variety of rainforest animals. The story starts with a man who walks into the forest and comes right up to the Kapok tree with an ax and starts chopping at the tree. The man was just doing his job and as he is chopping at the tree, all the animals that call the tree their home stare at the man while he works. The man ev ...more
Xiaoting
Feb 15, 2015 Xiaoting rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Great Kapok Tree tell us that the many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rain forest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home. The content of this book is very educational for children and adults. The illustration that many animals and rain forest is very vivid and interesting.
1) The ending pages of this book is very attractive. This is a double-pages spread. There have a map on the center shows that the tropical rain
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Nicole
Sep 26, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a exceptional picture book that highlights the importance of the amazon rainforest. The illustrations in the book are vivid and I enjoyed the bright uses of color used throughout the entire book. The story describes the beauty and all the animals that live and thrive in the rainforest through the full-page illustrations. The overlying theme and message in the book is not only great, but I think that it would make for a wonderful introduction for lesson plans about rainforests.
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Erin
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Sierra
Sep 26, 2012 Sierra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations within this book were very detailed and full of color. I loved the main idea of this book and how it was about the beauty of a rainforest and how important trees are to our world and way of living. It interested me how all of the ideas were from an animals point of view instead of a human's. I felt as though having the man cutting down one of the Kapok trees was a good significant detail within the book. In this book, a man is hired to chop down a Kapok tree, one of the largest ...more
Savannah
Feb 09, 2014 Savannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Kapok pronounced Key-pok
A great story to add on The Rainforest Grew All Around

Two men enter a rain forest and one attempts to chop down a Kapok tree. He becomes tired and the heat and hum from the forest lull him to sleep. While he's sleeping all sorts of animals come to beg him to leave their home alone.
A boa constrictor where generations of his family has lived.
A bee whose hive is in the tree.
A troupe of monkeys, "We have seen the ways of man. You chop down one tree, then come back for more
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Dalton Dettbarn
This is good book about animals so a little science in the book.
Furbjr
May 03, 2012 Furbjr rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to read this to my two youngest children as a bed time story. The artwork is quite good in my estimation, but the text was insipid.

The basic premise of the story is that two men enter the forest. One man directs the other to fell a gigantic Kapok tree, and then he leaves the other man to complete the task.

The other man starts in on his task, but is quickly fatigued by the task and stops to take a nap. While in his repose all the forest animals talk to the logger. When the man awakes,
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Tasia
The powerful illustrations, the detail, the story! I truly love this book, and one of my little girl students loved it, too. "The Great Kapok Tree!" she exclaimed, looking so excited that it melted my heart. Definitely a hit with the wee ones!

Okay, so. Educational chat. We did use this in a kindergarten room, but the content was very dense, and so the teacher had to give just the gist of the story. Some of the more advanced kids were familiar with this book, though, so it does seem possible to i
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Graham Lazar
Cherry's "The Great Kapok Tree" is a classic of children's fiction focused on environmental ethics. Cherry uses the story of a lumberjack who travel to the Amazon to cut-down a great Kapok tree. After the man exhausts himself trying to log the tree, he rests at the tree's trunk. Here in his dreams, he is visited by people and creatures of the forest - lizards, a boa constrictor, a troupe of monkeys, a sloth, and a young child of the Amazon.

Each of these visitors imparts a different message abou
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Karen
Nov 22, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry is a cautionary tale of environmental awareness. The author traveled to the Amazon rainforest. She observed the beauty that the rainforest held. She knew she needed to write about what was happening there. In the story, and in reality man enters forest to chop down trees. Trees are homes for animals, producers of oxygen, shade and food, they supply nutrients for the earth. They are full of great beauty. In the story, a man attempts to cut down the Great Kapok
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Logan Williams
Personal Reaction:
This is by far the best picture book I have read so far, but it still contained very basic language and sentence structure. This is a story about a lumberjack who is supposed to cut down a Kapok tree in the Amazon Rain Forest, but the man then becomes fatigued and passes out. Soon all kinds of animals whisper in his ear a variety of reasons why he should cut down the tree which they rely on. Through the use of beautiful and vibrant colors, this story truly captures the beauty t
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Khloe Belfiore
Feb 08, 2015 Khloe Belfiore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Great Kapok Tree" is a story about how one mans opinion can change due to natures abilities. This man is sent into the Amazon to take down a Kapok tree but his decision is swayed when he sees what kind of life the tree provides.

This book is an awesome teaching book. It teachers kids about an exotic place and what kinds of wildlife inhabits it. So many different animals are introduced in this book such as boa constrictor, bees, monkeys, birds, tree frogs, a jaguar, porcupines, anteaters, a
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