The cycle of life and survival is like a Domino; no mater how diverse and different we are from others our life is dependent and linked in a very complex manner to every entity on this planet.
A dynamics this complex is difficult to explain, but this is what writer and Illustrator “Lynne Cherry” has achieved marvellously in her book “ The Great Kapok Tree: A tale of the Amazon Rain Forest ”.
When a man is sent into the Amazon rain forest one day, under instructions to chop down a kapok tree, many eyes watch him nervously. It’s not long before he grows tired, though, and the “heat and hum” of the rain forest lulls him to sleep. While he sleeps, the forest residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe, whisper in his ear about the importance of trees and how “all living things depend on one another” . . . and it works. On waking up he realises that why is the tree not just a Kapok tree but “The Great Kapok Tree”.
Cherry’s lovingly rendered coloured pencil and watercolour drawings of all the “wondrous and rare animals” evoke the lush rain forests.
Gopa Trivedi/Artist Mentor