275 x 240mm
Feb 16, 2023
The Emerald Forest
By Catherine Ward
Illustrated by Karin Littlewood
A powerful and moving picture book showing how wildlife campaigners can help endangered Orangutans
"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.
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Author and Illustrator
Karin Littlewood has illustrated over forty children’s books, and her work has been nominated three times for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She regularly gives illustration workshops at festivals, schools, libraries and bookshops across the UK. Her books include the classic picture book The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman, which was chosen as one of the top fifty titles celebrating cultural diversity; Moonshadow, with Gillian Lobel; When Dad Was Away, with Liz Weir and Star Girl, which she wrote and illustrated. Karin lives in North London.
Catherine Ward has been working in primary schools since 2008. After joining SCBWI – the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – she graduated from the Golden Egg Academy picture book programme in 2019. She is passionate about wildlife conservation, with a special interest in the endangered orangutans of Sumatra. The Emerald Forest is her debut picture book. She lives in Leicestershire.