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Fighting for the forest
Rand, Gloria.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holt, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
When they find blue logging markings in the ancient forest where they like to hike, a boy and his father try to save the trees from being cut down. Includes information about how to find and enjoy ancient forests.
Reading Level:
620 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 42389.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.5 3 Quiz: 22142 Guided reading level: O.
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Hamburg Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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A boy and his father like to hike in the ancient forest near their home. But one day they discover blue marks on many of the trees - the marks of loggers. The boy decides they must do something to try to save the forest. A campaign is launched and the fight is on.Gloria and Ted Rand were inspired to create this book after hearing real-life stories from their son, Martin, who is an active conservationist in Washington State. Together, this author and illustrator team has captured the quiet majesty of our nation's ancient forests. Bordering the art are portraits of native plants and animals; a short nature guide at the end of the book supplies young naturalists with tips on identifying trees and animal tracks.

Author Notes

Gloria and Ted Rand have collaborated on several picture books for Holt, including Prince William , a story about the aftermath of the oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. In addition, Ted Rand has illustrated a number of books written by Bill Martin Jr., including K nots on a Counting Rope and Here Are My Hands . The Rands live on Mercer Island in Washington.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Rands (Salty Dog) tell of a boy's valiant efforts to save an ancient forest in this straightforward picture book. The boy and his father love to hike through a favorite old-growth forest. One day, the pair discovers blue paint spots on the towering trunks, and Dad explains that loggers are about to destroy their special retreat‘the woodsy smell, the elk trails, the places where deer rested, the birds. But the son has a plan. He ties red ribbons around each trunk and rallies conservation volunteers who wave "Save this forest" signs as TV cameras roll. But the excitement is short-lived: "Two days later, Dad and I watched from a nearby ridge as old giants, still wearing their red ribbons, shook the earth as they hit the ground." The story ends on a hopeful note, however, as the duo discovers another, more remote forest (an author's note says their next attempt to save the trees was a success). The text convincingly captures a child's idealism and determination to save the refuge he loves, while the art effectively contrasts the awe-inspiring heights of the trees with the diminutive figures of father and son at their roots. Even children who've never experienced the majesty of the redwoods or other Pacific Northwest giants will respond to the closing spread of a forest stretching to the sky, encircling a lone bird. A "Trail Guide" endnote offers some tips on tracking, tree identification and berrying. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A boy and his father enjoy the times they share in an old-growth forest, hiking, observing animals, and simply sitting quietly. Then blue marks appear on trees, signaling a logging company's plans to clear-cut the area. The two enlist the help of conservation groups and secure media attention, but the protest is in vain. Their only consolation is that another forest they find to explore might be allowed to remain because of rising public awareness about saving the environment. The watercolor illustrations are excellent, both small depictions of animals and plants as well as larger panels that reflect the narrative. The devastating double-page spread of the giant stumps after clear-cutting contrasts poignantly with the final view upward past massive trunks to the sky. The text is often didactic, especially when Dad provides insights into the consequences of habitat destruction. Still, the title could be used effectively as a point of comparison and contrast with the numerous books depicting the destruction of tropical forests.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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