We Will Live in This Forest Again
We Will Live in This Forest Again

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Annotation: When a thriving forest is swallowed by wildfire, its residents brace themselves and look to new beginnings.
Catalog Number: #255883
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8234-4699-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-9051-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8234-4699-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-9051-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019038035
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
When wildfires rage in a California forest, animals flee; they can return when spring brings new growth.Inspired by her own experiences in the 2017 fires in California, Marino tells this story in the nostalgic but also hopeful voice of one of the forest-dwellers, a deer. The approaching fire comes as a surprise. “I used to think this forest would always be our home,” the narrator says. The gentle foreshadowing works even for her young audience. An unnoticed spark becomes flames. The animals flee; even the mountain lion is not as fierce as the fire. The exhausted animals reach safety, clean themselves, and wait. Creatures that might not normally get along have banded together. Time passes. Eventually there are new leaves and shoots. The forest is returning, and so can they. In Marino’s poetic text the leaves and branches that “crinkled and crunched” in the fall nicely contrast with the new growth that “will be soft and quiet’ underfoot. In her illustrations, these animals are basically silhouettes with dark eyes and bodies textured by color and shadow. These double-page spreads have the translucence of watercolors and constantly change colors. The yellows and greens of the forest are overtaken by fiery reds and oranges, which turn to sooty gray, then warm brown with, finally, shoots of green. The deer is hopeful. “In time, our forest will return.”Reassurance about the resilience of the natural world. (author’s note, facts, further information) (Picture book. 3-7)
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When wildfires rage in a California forest, animals flee; they can return when spring brings new growth.Inspired by her own experiences in the 2017 fires in California, Marino tells this story in the nostalgic but also hopeful voice of one of the forest-dwellers, a deer. The approaching fire comes as a surprise. “I used to think this forest would always be our home,” the narrator says. The gentle foreshadowing works even for her young audience. An unnoticed spark becomes flames. The animals flee; even the mountain lion is not as fierce as the fire. The exhausted animals reach safety, clean themselves, and wait. Creatures that might not normally get along have banded together. Time passes. Eventually there are new leaves and shoots. The forest is returning, and so can they. In Marino’s poetic text the leaves and branches that “crinkled and crunched” in the fall nicely contrast with the new growth that “will be soft and quiet’ underfoot. In her illustrations, these animals are basically silhouettes with dark eyes and bodies textured by color and shadow. These double-page spreads have the translucence of watercolors and constantly change colors. The yellows and greens of the forest are overtaken by fiery reds and oranges, which turn to sooty gray, then warm brown with, finally, shoots of green. The deer is hopeful. “In time, our forest will return.”Reassurance about the resilience of the natural world. (author’s note, facts, further information) (Picture book. 3-7)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

When wildfires consume their forest home, the animals must flee--but as the flames subside, they return and look to new beginnings . . .

At first, they didn't notice the spark flying above the dry treetops.

But then the smoke blew from the north, and the flames began to grow. . .

This story of recovery and resilience will comfort young readers concerned about forest fires, reassuring them that in time new growth will sprout and, like the wildlife in the story, we can rebuild.

Lush watercolor illustrations explore the bittersweet cycle of burning and rebirth in the forest, following a lone deer as it sees its only home scorched by flame--and later, returns to find new plants already sprouting, the promise of a day when the air will be filled with birdsong once again.

As a Northern California resident, Gianna Marino witnessed the 2017 Sonoma wildfire firsthand when it came within inches of destroying her property. Her personal experience is palpably reflected through her portrayal of dignified animal silhouettes and stark, ashen landscapes in the wake of the flames. The book closes with an essay describing her encounter with the wildfire. Accessible information on wildfires, including a list of recommendations for further reading, is also included.

Fans of Chelsea Clinton's Don't Let Them Disappear will recognize Gianna's distinctive, beautiful art and appreciate the hopeful ecological message of We Will Live in This Forest Again. Parents and children with a soft spot for the fragile ecology of the forest will connect immediately with this book, and gain appreciation for what it takes to protect the natural world.


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