My Rainforest Classroom9780648702450
A captivating kids' book about the nature of yesteryear.
The light goes out, the world comes in. Join Charlie in this wild adventure through Mother Nature's classroom.
So, what is this picture book about?
Charlie goes to bed, but the night is not what it seems. Guided by the world’s most adorable wise old owl, Charlie ventures through the forests and oceans of yesteryear, drinking in the beauty of all that came before him, and learning an important lesson about how to preserve it for the future.
An absolute delight for the senses, this imaginative story will have your little one’s mind racing about our precious planet and the incredible creatures within it.
This is the ultimate book for any little animal or nature lover.
We love it! But what are the reviewers saying?
“My Rainforest Classroom feels truly ‘otherworldy’ because the illustrations take us on a journey that spans forests and oceans. Kids will find themselves immersed in the storyline, the characters, and the pastel artwork.” Jess Just Reads.
“This book gives kids a glimpse at what we have lost, and what we are about to lose if we don’t commit, in our own way, to take action. Truly masterful reading.’ Kids.Books.We.Love
From the author, Ethicool's Co-Founder, Stuart French. Why did you write this children’s book, Stu?
As a child growing up in Tasmania, I was always truly fascinated by the Tasmanian tiger. How was it that such a mythical and incredible creature could have roamed our island in great numbers, but simply no longer be in existence? The idea that we humans contributed to such a devastating loss for humanity deeply troubles me.
Yet the loss of the Tasmanian tiger isn’t an isolated incident for us. There are so many species of plants and animals that we've lost just in my lifetime. How many more will be lost in the future?
As a dad, thinking about this is just so heartbreaking for me. I dream of one day taking my children to see the exotic animals of Africa or Asia. But will they get a chance to marvel at an elephant? Or closer to home, will they ever see a humpback swimming gracefully off Tasmania’s shores?
I certainly hope so. And that hope is exactly what inspired me to write My Rainforest Classroom.
More importantly, why do we need a children's book about animal extinction?
Biodiversity loss, otherwise known as plant and animal extinction, is occurring in our world at an alarming rate. While extinction is a natural phenomenon and usually occurs at a background rate of approximately one to five species per year, currently, we’re losing far more of our treasured creatures than that. Right now, scientists estimate that we’re losing up to 10,000 times the background rate, with dozens of species going extinct daily.
If we continue in this way, we may lose 30 to 50% of all species by 2050. Sadly, there’s little doubt that humans are the primary cause of this. Human activities, such as mass industrialisation, as well as habitat loss and climate change, continue to be the primary driver of animal extinction, worldwide.
Let’s raise a generation of superheroes who want all of our diverse, unique and beautiful animals and plants to continue to not only survive, but thrive for centuries to come.
An excerpt from the story
An owl lands at the foot of my bed and his eyes are as large as the moon's.
"Let me tell you a story, Charlie," he says, as my bed lifts under the river that begins to flow through my room.
"These vines and birds and rivers, and these lions and tigers and lizards, they were here before all of us. They have seen the world in all its colours, fished gently in all its streams and jumped between the branches of its trees. They want to show you just why - welcome to our Rainforest Classroom!"
The river rises higher beneath my bed and fish begin to jump over me. They splash and squirm and jump and dive as my bed begins to float away.
It drifts over my bedroom walls and rushes down the street, dancing on the rapids and surfing between the tall buildings of the city. The rainforest has climbed over everything and the fern leaves have almost reached to the moon.
"This is what it looked like before you were here," says the owl, flying smoothly above me, as my bed flows faster and faster down the river. "The animals were everywhere and the plants were their home, and the river ran cool and fast."
The river rises and rises, and the highest of the buildings disappear. More birds gather in the canopies of the trees and the moon begins to smile.
"It's beautiful, isn't it?" smiles the owl, landing on my shoulder and blinking his warm and yellow eyes...
Feedback from our niece was that both she and her boys just loved this book. Your messages in your books are just fantastic for children and for those adults who are in denial of what is happening to our world.
Thanks so much Ethicool.
Another beautiful book from the Ethicool collection that takes children on a exploration of our world and encourages them to develop a sense of responsibility and caring for our planet.
My little boy keeps grabbing this book out of the basket of books. Beautiful illustrations & incredibly well written.
The illustrations are just gorgeous in this imaginative story that delivers an important message. We loved it!
A magical book, with amazing illustrations, coupled with beautiful prose. It engages children's attention, stimulating their imagination, promoting critical thinking.
This is a lovely book, where you go on a wonderful journey to meet wildlife on our planet and under the sea. Reading a book and Turning pages with your grandchildren is a very important exciting thing to do. The colours and the pictures on the pages of this book were lovely. Yes it’s a little sad to read but how else can we teach our next generation to care for our planet.
We purchased this for my niece for Easter and she is obsessed with reading it. It's kind of sad and beautiful all at once! I guess that's a good thing?! We'll definitely buy again