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This beautiful and powerful story tackles the big issue of protecting our environment and saving our natural resources.

Synopsis

Yara lives with her Mama in the lush Amazon jungle doing all she can to rescue her beloved but increasingly troubled rainforest home. When Yara falls seriously ill, the forest finds a way to return the love and saves Yara’s life. Written in rhyme and featuring vibrant watercolor illustrations, this is the introductory volume to a new picture-book series showing children how all living things on our beautiful planet depend on one another.

Yara lives in the Amazon jungle with her mother and enjoys a vibrant relationship with the plants and animals in the natural world. When construction and industry threatens the plants and animals of the jungle, Yara springs to action and saves a Tawari sapling that is choking in the polluted air. She cares for the sapling and it eventually grows into a strong and healthy tree. Yara and the Tawari tree have formed a strong bond and a deep friendship caring for one another. In a turn of events, Yara becomes gravely ill and there seems to be no cure. Until a medicine man uses the bark of the Tawari tree to make a special drink that cures Yara. This poignant story is about caring for our earth and the power that children have to influence change. The illustrations are lovely and the message of the story is a very important one.

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I am a mom to a toddler, a learning specialist at a small progressive school, a born and raised Brooklynite and a lover of travel and discovering new things. I consider myself an open minded, life long learner.

Synopsis

Yara lives with her Mama in the lush Amazon jungle doing all she can to rescue her beloved but increasingly troubled rainforest home. When Yara falls seriously ill, the forest finds a way to return the love and saves Yara’s life. Written in rhyme and featuring vibrant watercolor illustrations, this is the introductory volume to a new picture-book series showing children how all living things on our beautiful planet depend on one another.

In a faraway jungle, by a big waterfall,

Smoke rose in the air, things were not good at all.


“They are clearing the forest, they are now very near.

This is surely my end!” sighed a seedling with fear.


On the bank of the river, in a house made of wood,

Close to the place where our scared seedling stood,

A hard-working mother and her kindhearted child,

Lived freely together, eating food from the wild.

About the author

Yossi Lapid was born in a small town in Romania where toy stores were absent, but snowmen were abundant. So it was inevitable perhaps that he would publish one day a multiple award-winning series titled Snowman Paul. He has three children and he lives with his wife in New Mexico. view profile

Published on July 01, 2019

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Genre: Children's picture books

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