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The First Forest Hardcover – October 2, 1989

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Michigan and New York reviews place The First Forest alongside Charlotte's Web, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Giving Tree, and other classics. "The book relays the value of both concern for each other and for the environment." Publishers Weekly "The First Forest is a delightful children's book, but much more than an ordinary children's book. It's also an art book because of Tom Heflin's drawings; a nature book because of the topic; an inspirational book because of the story and a beautiful gift book for children and adults." -Book Retailer --Publishers Weekly/Book Retailer

"Lyrically written, this unique fable, exquisitely illustrated, tells what happens when greed spoils the beauty and peace of the very first, perfect forest. This best selling resource encourages us all to share, to respect others, and much more." -Scholastic of Canada "If the litmus test for a piece of literature is whether it strikes the intended audience as the author hopes, then The First Forest is a stand-alone success." -D. Showers, Review --Scholastic of Canada/D. Showers Review

"The First Forest is a little allegorical tale with a message as big as the world. Dealing with the gigantic issues of greed and selfishness, it delivers a potent punch. But couched in simply phrased rhyming verse it also tugs at your heart. It so obviously is a labor of love." -L. Carlson, Review " . . . a book at a level of storytelling with appeal "for generations of readers." -Read, America! --L. Carlson Review/Read, Ameri

About the Author

Author John Gile has presented programs across the United States and in Europe to more than 500,000, including student reading and writing programs, teacher in-service programs, and communication workshops for businesses and organizations. He has been a guest for literacy and other communication skill discussions on numerous radio and television talk shows across the country and a frequent speaker at education conferences, including Staff Development for Educators programs and the World Congress of the International Reading Association in New Zealand. Gile's books include titles for children and adults: The First Forest, Keeping First Things First, Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! and What Is That Thing? Whose Stuff Is This? One of his books has been published in Chinese and Spanish and three have been book club selections. Gile also is author of features published by periodicals throughout the United States and Canada. He created and produced the cartoon Blockheads & Co. for the Register and Tribune Syndicate and wrote a humor column, Gile Without Guile, which was syndicated nationally by NC News Service. He was trained as a Russian interpreter for the United States Army Security Agency and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Product details

  • Grade Level : 4 - 3
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0910941017
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0910941013
  • Product Dimensions : 9.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Reading level : 9 and up
  • Publisher : JGC / United Publishing Corps; 6th Edition (October 2, 1989)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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