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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Review: Where the Forest Meets the Sea

Jeannie Baker's stunning paper creations come to life in this beautiful book with an ecological message. Renowned for her stunning artwork, Where the Forest Meets the Sea is one of Jeannie's earlier books, yet her imagery is evocative as her very latest productions.

A young lad takes a dingy with his to dad to a glorious prehistoric hideaway in the rainforest - where dinosaurs may one have roamed and Aboriginal children may have played. Untouched and breathtaking, the forest nook, which can only be navigated through a break in the reef, features soaring, ancient trees, tangled with vines and smothered in lichen.

Our young lad sits still and listens, and takes in the wonder, and as he leaves, he ponders the fate of this beautiful part of the world, wondering if the next time he visits, the forest will still be there . . .

All pages in this book are stunning, but the final page, which is superimposed with 'the future' (think highrise resorts) is incredibly moving. Jeannie also intimates our endangered fauna in the final pages of the book, with fading animals.

Using a multitude of natural materials, Jeannie's photographic-style collages are a feat in construction, offering a 3D effect that boggles the eyes and warms the heart.

Title: Where the Forest Meets the Sea
Author/Illustrator: Jeannie Baker
Publisher: Walker Books, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: May 1990
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780744513059
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book

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