16 Feb The Emerald Forest
The Emerald Forest
Published in 2023
- Published by Otter Barry Books Limited
- Illustrations by Karin Littlewood
One day Orangutan heard a faint noise.
Hardly a noise at all – just a distant droning. Then there was a crash!
Smoke seeped through the canopy…
Orangutan and her family live in a vast emerald forest, bursting with life. She teaches her babies what food to eat, how to swing through trees, how to build a sleeping nest. Life is good… until one day a monstrous machine tears Orangutan’s tree from the ground. The family have to leave the emerald forest – but where can they go to?
This powerful and moving picture book is set in tropical Sumatra, an island that has lost almost half its rainforest cover in recent years. The story graphically describes the reactions of an orangutan family to the destruction of their age-old home, but also shows how wildlife campaigners are bringing hope for the future.
Catherine Ward is a children’s author who spends her time dreaming up picture book ideas, surrounded by piles and piles of… you guessed it… picture books. If she isn’t reading or writing stories, you may find her down at the library, searching through the book boxes for more treasures to read, just like she used to do as a child. Passionate about the natural world, many of her stories feature wildlife.