World Book Day – The Emerald Forest

World Book Day – The Emerald Forest

To help celebrate World Book Day, the Spring issue of Creative Steps includes a couple of fun craft projects inspired by The Emerald Forest by Catherine Ward, published by Otter Barry Books (

One day Orangutan heard a faint noise.

Hardly a noise at all – just a distant droning. Then there was a crash!

Smoke seeped through the canopy…

Orangutan and her family live in a vast emerald forest, bursting with life. She teaches her babies what food to eat, how to swing through trees, how to build a sleeping nest. Life is good… until one day a monstrous machine tears Orangutan’s tree from the ground. The family have to leave the emerald forest – but where can they go to?

This powerful and moving picture book is set in tropical Sumatra, an island that has lost almost half its rainforest cover in recent years. The story graphically describes the reactions of an orangutan family to the destruction of their age-old home, but also shows how wildlife campaigners are bringing hope for the future.

To see the full step-by-step instructions on how to make this orangutan and colourful butterflies inspired by the book, grab a copy of Creative Steps magazine Spring 2023 issue at:

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