Jeannie Baker The Hidden Forest

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The Hidden Forest

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9780688157609: The Hidden Forest

Jeannie Baker, incomparable creator of intricate collage illustrations, invites you to take a plunge with Ben, into the sea ... to see.

See what?
Underwater forests of kelp.
Rocks with strangely beautiful textures.
A myriad of fish.
The hidden splendour of one of the Earth's last, most alluringly beautiful frontiers.
And something totally unexpected!

Ben will never see things the same way again. And neither will you.

Award: Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib.

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About the Author:

Jeannie Baker was born in England and now lives in Australia. She studied art and design in England. Her illustrations have appeared in various publications including Nova, The London Times, and The Sunday Times. She is the author-artist of Home in the Sky (an ALA Notable Book), and of several picture books published in England, including One Hungry Spider, Millicent, Grandmother, and Grandfather Since 1972, Ms. Baker has worked on her "collage constructions," many of which are designed to illustrate picture books but stand individually as works of art. They have been displayed in galleries in Australia and England, and the "collage constructions" for Home in the Sky were exhibited by Forum Gallery in New York City.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-3-A boy loses his fish trap just off the coast of Tasmania, and is helped to retrieve it by a diver friend who wants to take him along to see "the world under the waves." This simple plot furnishes the mechanism by which readers are taken on a visually fascinating tour through a kelp forest shown in vibrantly colorful and amazingly detailed collages. The constructions incorporate natural materials such as pressed seaweed, sponges, and sand; the kelp itself is modeled with a translucent artist's clay, and the realism is extraordinary. The golds and greens of the kelp form a vivid contrast to the blue water and create the illusion that viewers are indeed looking upward through a waving, moving forest of living seaweed. By the end, the boy is so impressed by the beauty around him that he empties his catch from the fish trap so that the creatures may remain in their "mysterious, hidden world," and readers will be in complete agreement. An author's note contains brief but interesting information about kelp forests.
Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA
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