Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Greenwillow Books (1988-05-16)
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My father says there has been a forest here for over a hundred million years," Jeannie Baker's young protagonist tells us, and we follow him on a visit to this tropical rain forest in North Queensland, Australia.
We walk with him among the ancient trees as he pretends it is a time long ago, when extinct and rare animals lived in the forest and aboriginal children played there. But for how much longer will the forest still be there, he wonders?
Jeannie Baker's lifelike collage illustrations take the reader on an extraordinary visual journey to an exotic, primeval wilderness, which like so many others is now being threatened by civilization.
One Potato Review
Another environmental reminder from Jeannie Baker (Window, Home, and The Hidden Forest being the others listed here). Not so much for narrative - a boy and his father arrive together at an unspoiled beach, and the boy continues his wandering and imagining by himself in a forest that dates back probably many thousands of aboriginal generations - though as usual there are so many mysterious details hiding among the indigenous materials (Is that sand? Is it clay? The actual bark from a tree?) you hardly notice you’re being lectured a little in the end. Worth the trip. With the past and the future looming - often translucently - in the foreground.