FIGHTING FOR THE FOREST by Gloria Rand

FIGHTING FOR THE FOREST

Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This bittersweet tale takes readers into a dark, ancient woods in the American Northwest. A father and son make this forest their special place to commune with the wild, to visit with the creatures that live therein, and to revel in the mesmerizing views. One day they find spots painted on the trees, markings for loggers. The boy and his father and family ignite a small grassroots resistance to the felling of the trees. They fight for something they believe in—it is almost a sacred obligation for them—but they are unsuccessful: the laws governing private property prevail. The trees are cut and, luckily, the father and son find another stand in which to take solace. The Rands (A Home for Spooky, 1998, etc.) offer a bright fusion of the cautionary and the inspirational, and the artwork is effective in conveying the outsized majesty of the old growth. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-8050-5466-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 1999