A Forest by Marc Martin

A Forest

Written by Marc Martin
Illustrated by


A Forest by Marc Martin

When a forest is cut down, the consequences are more than anyone could have anticipated. A Forest is an simple and powerful environmental parable from an extraordinary new talent.


Strikingly illustrated, this tale of deforestation exudes a magical quality when read aloud, even to little ones who might not understand the story's full implications. -- Hannah Beckerman * The Huffington Post * This textured hardcover picture book with vegetation on the front cover has been created by new picture book author and illustrator Marc Martin. The graphics are stunning and are supplemented by simple but appropriate text. The story is told of how a forest grew into woodland and was eventually destroyed by the actions of humans. Watercolours and pen and ink are married to great effect with the colours mingling and darkening. The plants, human figures, machines and then buildings all start small and become more significant as the trees are all cut down to make way for roads, factories and dwellings. Opportunities are plentiful for discussion about the reasons why trees are important in the environment. The issue of poor air quality is raised as there are no trees to clean it. As the storm brews and the rain starts to fall, inevitably the built-up area is washed away. After the storm just one tree remains. This tree becomes the foundation for the new forest. The book would be useful for looking at sustainability, how man affects nature and climate change in its simplest form and could be used as an introduction to plant growth and linked in with growing seedlings inside the classroom and monitoring its growth. -- Pat Chandler * Reading Zone *

About the Author

Marc Martin is an illustrator, artist and book maker based in Melbourne, Australia. His illustrations have been commissioned by clients such as Monocle magazine, Wired magazine, The Financial Review and Capital magazine. He is also the author and illustrator of A Forest, The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z , and Max. A Forest won the 2013 Crichton Award for Children's Book Illustration.

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32 pages


Marc Martin
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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st June 2015



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