Exploring Children’s Nature Books, With Lynne Cherry

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If you want the kids in your life to explore and experience nature firsthand, entice them with a story book, says author Lynne Cherry, who has written and illustrated 30 children’s books. Her bestseller “The Great Kapok Tree” takes place in the Amazon forest, one of her favorite settings. It’s a tale of how animals and a small boy gently persuade a logger to let a tree remain in their rain forest. Lynne Cherry joined Steve Curwood in the studio. Ms. Cherry is Director of the Center for Children’s Environmental Literature and is currently Artist in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution. Her most recent book, co-authored with ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, is called “The Shaman’s Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest.

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