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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
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.
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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Chris
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
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.
Lancee
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
Logan Williams
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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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Xiaoting
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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Khloe Belfiore
"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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Jacklyn
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry talks about environmental issue. Two men came to the rain forest; one stayed and wanted to chop off the Kapok tree. He fell asleep and all the creatures living in the rain forest that depended on the Kapok tree came to whisper in his ears try to convince him not to cut off the tree. The man woke up and saw all the creatures surrounded him, would he leave in peace or keep finishing his task?
The picture book demonstrates a dynamic ecosystem of rain forest. It
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Ashley Stude
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
Gwion Russell
This book is about a man who aims to cut down trees and destroy the local wildlife’s habitats in a nearby rainforest. However, tensions soon arise when he falls asleep in the middle of his deforestation attempt and is persuaded not to complete his operation.
I like this book as it can be used in a variety of ways: Role-play, speaking and listening and PSHE debates, among others. The main curricular link is to Geography however and it can be used to assess both arguments of deforestation, children
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Savannah
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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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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Diana
A man comes into the rain forest and starts to chop a kapok tree. He is overcome with fatigue and falls asleep and the foot of the tree. Numerous animals emerge from the kapok tree. Each animal explains how he or she uses the kapok tree for survival to try to persuade the man to stop cutting the tree. By the end of the book, the man wakes up and decides not to cut down the tree. I would use this book to teach students about persuasive writing. Each animal tried to persuade the man to stop hurtin ...more
Matt Griffiths
Lovely book. I used it for a Y5 topic about the rainforest. It provides an excellent opportunity for pupils to discuss sustainability, loss of habitat and repercussions for the people who lose their homes due to human intervention.

The premise of the story is a man enters the forest with the intention of cutting down the trees and selling the wood. However, before he begins to cut the trees down, he promptly lies down and has a nap. Whilst he is a sleep he is visited by the various animals which
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Gina
The Great Kapok Tree tells about the many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest and the animals try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home. It teaches student about respect for an environment and how everyone has a home and if that home is tainted, it causes dismay between one another. For a science lesson, I will teach about different biomes such as chaparral, rainforest, etc. and the kinds of trees that are found in ...more
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).
Leslie Kress
The Great Kapok Tree is an engaging picture book about a man who is about to cut down a beloved Kapok tree. He takes a nap and the rainforest animals come up to him and whisper important reasons why he should not cut down their tree. In the end the man does not cut the tree down and walks away. The watercolor illustrations are vibrant, detailed, and help bring the story to life. My students have always enjoyed this book and I think it is an excellent read for all ages. It can be used to teach ma ...more
Lexi
This book was a fantastic gem. A man enters the rain forest to cut down a tree, under orders from another man. But with the exertion and heat he falls asleep at the base of the tree... and then the story begins.

All the animals of the tree come to him and beg him not to cut down the tree. An indigenous boy comes to him as well and asks him, still in his sleep, to see them all differently when he wakes up.

It's an insight into the importance of the natural world and our impact on it. The message i
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Matt Griffiths
Lovely book. Brilliant book to use for any topic around the theme of the rainforest. I used it in a y5 class. Good to use especially when trying to get pupils to empathise with characters in the books. Story revolves around a character who enters the rainforest to cut down trees to sell. Before he starts cutting he promptly falls asleep. Whilst he is asleep he is visited by the many different animals who live in the rainforest. They give him reasons why he shouldn't cut down the trees.When he aw ...more
Natalie
Why doesn't the jaguar just eat the man who wants to cut down the tree?
Alison Durbin
This is a great book with a powerful message that forces the reader to think about the consequences of destroying the rain forest. I loved how the author had so many different kinds of animals appear to let the man know how chopping down one tree could effect all of their lives. Not only would it effect the animals, insects who rely on the Kapok Tree, but it would effect the indigenous people who live in the rain forest. I love the lesson in this book, and I think children should learn more abou ...more
Corby Lancaster
Genre- Picture book

Reading Level- K-4

Topic and Theme- Preserving the Rain forest. To think about what the consequences are if cut down too many trees

Curricula Use- Read Aloud

Social- Make people realize the consequences of eliminating our rain forests

Literary Element- The animals speak and change the wood cutters mind

Text and Pictures- The pictures are beautiful and the they go together with the text.

Summary-"The Great Kapok Tree" by Lynne Cherry is an excellent story about saving the rain forest
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Karen

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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Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
I really love the message this story provided. To,d from the point of the animals that depend on the great kapok tree, they each provide reasons why cutting down the tree is harmful. The message is deep, asking children to realize that all living things are interconnected and depend on one another. When I questioned my grade threes about this book, they gave the most surface answers, saying it was important not to take away the animals home and to save the tree because it gave it oxygen. But whe ...more
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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Sierra
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
Nicole
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.
In t
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Kolbi Dixon
The Great Kapok Tree is a bit more adventurous. I actually learned a few things myself about rain forests and what kind of animals live there. I like how she took facts and may them very interesting for the children. An example is how the young man was trying to cut down the tree and falls asleep (which was kind of unrealistic for him to just suddenly fall asleep on the ground but hey who pays attention to those things) and the animals come down and explain to him why it is very dangerous for hi ...more
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