Paperback by Jeannie Baker. "My father says there has been a forest here for over a hundred million years," Jeannie Baker's young protagonist tells us, and we follow him on a visit to this tropical rain forest in North Queensland, Australia.
We walk with him among the ancient trees as he pretends it is a time long ago, when extinct and rare animals lived in the forest and aboriginal children played there. But for how much longer will the forest still be there, he wonders?
Jeannie Baker's lifelike collage illustrations take the reader on an extraordinary visual journey to an exotic, primeval wilderness, which like so many others is now being threatened by civilization.
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. 1988 Australian Children’s Bk. Council Picture Book of the Year Honour Book Award
1988 Young Australian’s Best Book Award (Picture Bks.)
1988 Earthworm Book Award Friends of the Earth UK
1988 Boston Globe Horn Book Magazine Honour Bk. Award
1990 Kids Own Australian Literature Award
1990 International Board of Books for Young People Honour Bk. Award
1996 Austrian Children’s Bk. Council Honour Bk. Award