In The Forest by Anouck Boisrobert

Values: Responsibility, Compassion, Hope, Empathy.

This book is visually stunning and is an undoubtable crowd-pleaser with primary school aged children. It draws gasps every time you turn the page and the story is told both through the words and 3D images. Values such as responsibility, compassion and community seep through every sentence and aesthetic in the book.

In The Forest follows a journey of a rainforest that suffers from deforestation. In the beginning, the rainforest teems with life – trees of different varieties, birds, big cats and the elusive sloth. However, diggers arrive and the forest is gradually cut down. Silhouettes of animals and people running away as well as birds fleeing are powerful. Eventually there is one tree left. As the end of the book draws near, we see a man appear and begin to sow more seeds to build the forest floor again.

Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud have created a modern book that addresses issues of deforestation and how humans treat the planet. As a result, this book can be used to engage children in discussions of responsibility for the environment; compassion for habitats and communities that are being lost to commercialism; hope for a future where humans, animals and plant life can live in harmony; and empathy for current issues facing our world today.

I have used this book with lots of classes and groups from Key Stage 1 through to Year 6. All of the children I have worked with have demonstrated an understanding of the moral compass of the book and its message. I have gifted this beautiful book numerous times and its sister books, focusing on issues such as plastic pollution in the oceans. It is one that I will reuse every year of my teaching career for individuals, classes and assemblies.

If you would like to get hold of your own copy of this book, please visit the Tate site or Amazon. You won’t regret it.

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