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The Doughty Warriors, It's Our Forest Too! A fast moving adventure story, involving six children from different ethnic origins and religions, who discover the evil palm oil baron is burning down all the forest to plant palm oil. Together with the creatures of the forest, they fight the evil palm oil baron and his men, and save the forest.
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Superficially and at first glance, Brenda's Creation, "The Doughty Warriors, It's Our Forest Too!" might appear to be a simple story of a group of well brought up children being caringly sentimental about animals and trees and the fate of local indigenous peoples, but this is no simplistic story. Yes, it is a tale about children, written for children, which we are confident will be read by many, many children, but it is most fundamentally a tale addressed to all of us.It is about children and their uncomplicated goodness and innocence, but is is also a tale about adults and our complicated relationships and arrogant selfishness. Brenda challenges us by bringing us into our own world of moral relativity and environmental vulnerability. She instructs us by means of a page turning parable. She tells us through the language of innocence and the voices of the innocent a story of corruption and ultimately the vindication of community and, indeed, of new technology, of the destructive power of greed and the empowering value of generosity, of the importance of family and friendship and of harmony within humanity, and the healing powers of nature both physically and psychologically. She tells of the challenge to all of us, young and old, innocent and arrogant, in the media and in the market place, so that we should take seriously all that the Doughty Warriors instinctively recognise as profoundly important in our lives. Brenda highlights for us that sense of drift for which we have collective responsibility. For too long we have convinced ourselves that there was nothing we really needed to do, to address the obvious dangers, so wonderfully and analogically described by Brenda in the cruel person of the evil palm oil baron and of the corrupt and selfish (but ultimately redeemed) politician.From the Author:
Brenda is a wonderful story teller, at the forefront of Ireland's international aristocracy of talented women writers. "The Doughty Warriors, It's Our Forest Too!" is a wonderful new creation, a beautifully written work of real intellectual achievement, a work of much more than ordinary novel enjoyment. This is a tale of critical importance to all of us who take seriously our presence in this remarkable place we call planet earth, for this story is also our drama as we, all of us who share and value the joys and challenges of both human and environmental solidarity, take responsibility.
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