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Fighting for the Forest

Last updated Monday, July 23, 2007

Author: Gloria Rand
Illustrator: Ted Rand
Date of Publication: 1999
ISBN: 0805054669
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2004

Synopsis: 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.

Note to readers:
•  Tips for reading the book: This book focuses on the beauty of nature and the importance of conserving it, as well as sharing special activities with your parents.? A picture walk before reading and a discussion afterward will help you make the most of your time.? There are many types of plants and animals labeled throughout the book that can be pointed out to the children as you are reading or doing a picture walk.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Make a list of things we get from trees when they are alive, and another of the things we get from trees when they have been cut down. Should we save all of the trees? Cut down all of the trees?
•  How long does it take trees to grow back?
•  Have you ever gone on a hike through the forest? What did you notice? What did you like/dislike?

Craft ideas:
•  Fold a piece of paper in half. On one half, draw a forest full of tall trees; on the other , draw a field of stumps. Underneath the pictures, describe the sounds, sights, smell, and feel of each.
•  Divide the children in half. Have one group come up with signs and arguments for the loggers, the other come up with signs and arguments for the conservationists. Have a debate.

*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!