By Author / Illustrator
Duncan Beedie, Duncan Beedie
Paperback / softback
Every day, Jim Hickory the lumberjack heads into the forest with his trusty axe and chops down trees. Unfortunately, all sorts of creatures lose their homes in the process, so Jim gives them a home in his beard - until one day it all just gets too much. Time for Jim to come up with a better solution! A story with a green message.
Jim is a lumberjack who lives in a forest. Each day after exercising and breakfast he sets off to the forest to chop down trees. After each busy day, different animals come to his cabin and angrily express their situation... they are homeless because Jim has destroyed their homes. Jim takes on each of the animals and provides a home for them in his big beard. Until one night when he can't take the chirping, prickling and thwumping any longer and demands they leave. With nowhere for the animals to go, Jim shaves off his beard to make a den for the animals. The next morning, Jim wakes up to a bare, stubbly chin and also realises that where a forest once was, there is now bare ground. Saddened by the sight, he has an idea to dig hole after hole and plant tree after tree. This is a fun story for children to use to learn about forest habitats and the consequences of destroying woodlands. It could lead to work about plant growth, habitats, animals, survival and changing landscapes. Picture book / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Maria Faithorn, teacher.
Suggested Reading Age 5+