The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest - Lynne Cherry

After being reintroduced to this text after many years, I fell in love with it all over again. My co-operating teacher read this story during a whole group lesson on inferencing and I was amazed at how well this text worked with the standard. Essentially the story is about a man who is contemplating cutting down a large tree in the Amazon Forest. Before doing so, he falls asleep beneath the tree and the animals and a child speak to the man in an attempt to convince him to decide differently. Each page gives an opportunity for the teacher to stop and ask the students to use their background knowledge and infer what would happen if the man were to cut down the tree. Within each page, there were clues that if the student was listening he or she would easily be able to make an inference. This story is leveled as a 3.8 on the accelerated reader system.