Ecology and the responsibility of humans to the natural world are at the center of Lynne Cherry’s The Great Kapok Tree. Cherry's charming picture book takes place in the Amazon rain forest. Under orders from “a larger man,” a young laborer takes aim at a huge kapok tree. But after some exhausting blows with his axe, he takes a nap during which he has a moral awakening. The animals of the rain forest, and a Yanomamo child, whisper to the sleeper about the wisdom of preserving the kapok tree, because all living things need each other to survive. The message comes through, and the tree is spared. Author and artist Lynne Cherry has created a simple, but pointed story, replete with beautiful illustrations of the rain forest and its creatures. The Great Kapok Tree is suitable for readers from third grade and up.