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The Great Kapok Tree

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Lynne Cherry
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2000

Synopsis: In the rain forest, as a man chops away at a great kapok tree, the heat and efforts of his work exhaust him so that he falls asleep. One by one, the creatures who live in the tree emerge and plead with him not to destroy their world.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Did the animals really talk to him, or was it a dream? Draw what happened in one of your crazy dreams.
•  What would have happened if the man had not listend to the animals? Draw or tell that ending to the story.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!