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Where the forest meets the sea / story and pictures by Jeannie Baker.

By: Baker, Jeannie.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Sydney ; London : MacRae, 1987Description: [32] pages : chiefly colourillustrations ; 29 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0862033179; 0862033179; 0744513057 (pbk.).Subject(s): Children's stories -- Pictorial works | Premiers' Reading Challenge : 5-6 | Rain forests -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction | Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction | Landscape changes -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction | Landscape protection -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: A823.3 Summary: The book chronicles the reflections of a young boy, exploring a rain forest in North Queensland, Australia. The collage illustrations, constructed from a multitude of natural materials, create a stunning three-dimensional effect.
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On a camping trip in an Australian rain forest with his father, a young boy thinks about the history of the plant and animal life around him and wonders about their future.

The book chronicles the reflections of a young boy, exploring a rain forest in North Queensland, Australia. The collage illustrations, constructed from a multitude of natural materials, create a stunning three-dimensional effect.

For children.

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Publishers Weekly Review

A boy travels with his father to a tropical rain forest. Walking among the trees and vines, he imagines the forest as it might have been in the past, with now-extinct creatures and aboriginal children inhabiting it. How much longer, the boy wonders, will the forest remain? Baker's portrayal of unspoiled nature is both an eloquent plea for conservation and a visual tour de force. Her collage constructions have the life and intensity of photographs; at the same time, they embody the inscrutable magic and spirit of a primeval forest. Dinosaurs emerge, barely perceptible, from a tangle of trunks and vines; the faint outlines of an aboriginal child melt into a background of trees; and, in the final, haunting scene, the unspoiled vista readers have toured is overlaid with translucent images of civilization's worst trappings. An exquisitely wrought work with a simple, profound message. All ages. (April) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Ages 5-10. Baker creates a fabulous natural world in which present and past mingle together in this unusual Australian import. A young boy describes how he and his father go through a reef in their boat and arrive at a rain forest that has been there for a hundred million years. As the boy roams through the forest, he pretends he has gone back in time. He finds an ancient hollow tree where perhaps aboriginal forest children once played. When it is time to leave, the boy and his father agree to come back again. But, the boy wonders, will the forest, the prey of civilization, be there when they do? In an afterword, the author informs readers that ``the place, the people, and the predicament are real.'' The forest, a part of the wilderness in North Queensland, Australia, is one of the few remaining pristine rain forests left in that country. The text is simple, but the pictures are beautifully complex. Baker, who has extensively researched and collected native items, has constructed relief collages from clay, paper, and textured and preserved natural materials. The pages are masterworks of both technical skill and artistic endeavor. Particularly striking is the last double-page spread in which modern civilization-television, swimming pool, hotels-is gauzily imposed over the reef. Memorable and usable on numerous levels. IC. Rain forests-Fiction / Australia-Fiction [OCLC] 87-7551

Kirkus Book Review

From Australia, a picture book illustrated with photographs of relief collages, ingeniously constructed from many materials (including clay and preserved natural materials such as leaves, sand, and shells) to create a realistic, tactile effect. The story is simple: a boy and his father explore a seaside tropical forest (Australia's Daintree Rainforest), the boy seeing present-day wildlife, imagining animals and aborigines of the past, and finally wondering whether a return visit will find this primeval area intact or overrun by development. The imaginary forms--whether of prehistoric creatures of the future's threatened litter--are intriguingly transparent and evanescent in contrast to the present's vivid solidity. Unusual and beautiful, this serves well its admitted purpose of provoking thought on the vexed question of preservation of natural areas; Baker's young narrator has well conveyed their majesty and wonder. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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