“Animals in the Forest: I can say the author cares about animals and the environment very much… Kathryn Rose Newey is letting us step into the animals’ shoes and showing us the terrible feelings they have when we ruin their homes. I rate this book 100%, it really touched my heart.” ~ Reader, aged 13
‘Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came’ is a unique environmental tale, told from the animals’ point of view…
Dakota the Deer (to honour Dakota pipeline water protectors) and other animals live in a forest next to a farm. One day they are disturbed by some additional human activity – the humans pull down trees and put up a structure, then go away. The animals can’t agree on what this human activity means, so Flint the Fox (to honour Flint community affected by water pollution), Bentley the Bat (to honour Bentley anti-drilling blockaders), and some others try to find out more. Is it simply another thing they’ll have to get used to, or like Whanganui the Weasel (to honour the Whanganui River, protected by tribespeople) claims, is it the start of something much more serious?
More than a story: The story’s main characters honour young environmental activists, campaigns and indigenous tribes. Information, guidance and websites are included at the end of the book, to stimulate reader research and discussion. Can one story save the Earth? It’s up to you.
Find out more about this book in my interview about it on BBC Three Counties Radio.
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Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came is first and foremost an environmental and nature conservation themed story for young adults, teens and children, told from the point of view of wild forest animals. On one level, it’s simply a story to be read and enjoyed, either independently or with someone else.
On another level, the story symbolises real environmental crises in the world, right now. Both small and large environmental crises – from housing developments around the corner, to loss of forests and habitats globally. From governments and councils allowing corporations to put profits before people, to indigenous tribes being ousted from their traditional survival spaces. From insects, birds and animals disappearing from gardens and parks, to global climate change.
The story honours, and stands in solidarity with specific young environmental activists, environmental groups and defenders, indigenous tribes, and places where ordinary people stood up for their rights to land, air and water. Included in the book, there are information, guidance and website links to help, should readers want to look into things in more detail.
Wondering if this is a lot for youngsters to take on board? Don’t worry – Animals in the Forest is written in such a way that children/teens, and their teachers/parents/carers, are introduced to these environmental topics in layers. They can choose how much, or how little, to discuss and explore.
Find out more in this interview on BBC Three Counties Radio!
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