RAIN FOREST by Helen Cowcher


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A pictorial plea for the South American forests that are so rapidly being destroyed. A brief text enumerates the creatures to be found in this jungle. In an impressive debut as illustrator, Cowcher depicts them (sloth, tapir, anteater, butterfly, monkey, toucan, macaw, jaguar) with a bold simplicity, almost stylization. The setting is lovely--painted in pure, bright yet misty greens without the harsh definition of line, skillfully touched by the rain-filtered light on forest floor or airy canopy. When the animals sense a menace as bulldozers defile their habitat, they retreat. In a conclusion that begs the real problem, ""the Machine"" is washed away by a river that is no longer confined by the trees once rooted in its bank, and the animals are safe--at least for a time. An excellent introduction to a serious issue, this will be most effective where someone is available to follow up with more information.

Pub Date: Nov. 14th, 1988
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux