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The hidden forest
Baker, Jeannie.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
When a friend helps him retrieve the fishtrap he lost while trying to fish just off the coast of eastern Tasmania, Ben comes to see the Giant Kelp forest where he lost his fishtrap in a new light.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 42126.

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Material Type
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Jeannie Baker, incomparable creator of intricate collage illustrations, invites you to take a plunge with Ben, into the sea ... to see . See what? Underwater forests of kelp. Rocks with strangely beautiful textures. A myriad of fish. The hidden splendour of one of the Earth's last, most alluringly beautiful frontiers. And something totally unexpected! Ben will never see things the same way again. And neither will you. Award: Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib.

Author Notes

Jeannie Baker was born in England and moved to Australia. She studied art and design in England. Her illustrations have appeared in various publications including Nova, The London Times, and The Sunday Times. She is the author of Home in the Sky, an ALA Notable Book, and of several picture books published in England, including One Hungry Spider and Millicent. She won a 2017 Indie Book Award in the Children's category for her book, Circle.

Since 1972, Ms. Baker has worked on "collage constructions," many of which are designed to illustrate picture books but stand individually as works of art. They have been displayed in galleries in Australia and England as well as by Forum Gallery in New York City.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. In this picture book for older children, Ben, who is fishing in some weeds, gets frustrated because he's catching only minnows. He fights with the weeds to free his trap, but he has to call his friend Sophie, who knows how to dive, to untangle it for him. Sophie agrees, if Ben will come below the water with her to see "the world under the waves." The remainder of the book describes the underwater sights of a kelp forest and an encounter with a whale. The text is far less interesting than Baker's fascinating sea collages, which combine pressed seaweed, sponges, and sand to luminous effect. They reveal an amazing array of color, light, texture, and movement that appears so three-dimensional it's hard to believe the pictures are flat. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-A boy loses his fish trap just off the coast of Tasmania, and is helped to retrieve it by a diver friend who wants to take him along to see "the world under the waves." This simple plot furnishes the mechanism by which readers are taken on a visually fascinating tour through a kelp forest shown in vibrantly colorful and amazingly detailed collages. The constructions incorporate natural materials such as pressed seaweed, sponges, and sand; the kelp itself is modeled with a translucent artist's clay, and the realism is extraordinary. The golds and greens of the kelp form a vivid contrast to the blue water and create the illusion that viewers are indeed looking upward through a waving, moving forest of living seaweed. By the end, the boy is so impressed by the beauty around him that he empties his catch from the fish trap so that the creatures may remain in their "mysterious, hidden world," and readers will be in complete agreement. An author's note contains brief but interesting information about kelp forests.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.