Who Makes a Forest?


Who Makes a Forest? Is it possible that it might begin with small smears of algae and thereafter tiny insect life? Thereafter, what of their death, the breaking down into soil before the emergence of new life? Is this the time of the English rose or the mighty oak? Or might there be shoots and water?

What of the ferns and grass, wildflowers, bees and butterflies? Might the flowers break their roots ‘into cracks in the rock’ that the rocks become stones, ‘the stones into pebbles,- the pebbles into earth‘?

Through breaking down the growth of a forest into a step-by-step process, we feel as though we’re witnessing wonder, a space evolution moment. Somehow the slo-mo pacing alongside beautiful, rich, empathetic pictures, heightens our understanding and respect.

Thereafter, Sally Nicholls offers forest information including different types of forest, comparisons of forests around the world and the global situation of forests. This concludes such a magical book in a sobering, inspiring manner.

Bookwagon recommends Who Makes a Forest? for home reading, reading alone and sharing, questioning and understanding, and thereafter extending to school, too. We love this book.

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Who Makes a Forest?

With Forest Facts to Discover

Sally Nicholls & Carolina Rabei

(Andersen Press)

Who Makes a Forest? Might it be an ‘emperor and all their armies’ or could it be ‘bare, stony ground’. Thereafter, might ‘an English rose or a mighty oak’ appear first? It couldn’t be ‘little smears of green on the stone’, could it? Then, what about signs of living creatures such as ‘Insects. Beetles. Ants’. Furthermore, what happens when ‘they die, and the moss dies’? Is it possible that ‘there is soil, and in the soil, and in the plants, there is water’.
Gently, sequentially, microscopically, enticingly, it seems that  Sally Nicholls explains how forests form. What’s more, Carolina Rabei of Big Green Crocodile draws our attention through snap shot images that blossom into each new stage. Therefore, as we read how shade form, so that ‘thistles grow, and brambles, spiky, hardy plants‘ we’re part of the group watching the birds eating the blackberries, realising the huge ecosystem that is at work to form this wonder. As it states at its conclusion, ‘together they change[d] the face of the earth’. Thereafter, we are treated to information about different types of forest alongside information from around the world and the current state of forests. It is gripping reading.
Who Makes a Forest? is a glorious title. Through the careful research and intent of the writer we are able to realise the history and wealth of this most necessary life form. Bookwagon recommends this title for home and school, for reading alone and together.


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