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There are Many Fun and Educational Activities You Can Do Using Lynne Cherrys Books or to prepare for her visit to your school or conference.

Here are some ideas: *Read The Sea, the Storm and the Magnrove Tangle and then put on a play of the book. Draw the characters on big pieces of paper or cardboard.

You can make big characters for the play by recycling cardboard boxes and painting the propagule, the little mangrove tree, the dolphins, the snail, the crabs, the manatees and all the other amazing animals from the book.

Then cut out the characters so each child can leap, crawl, scurry or swim across the stage when their character is mentioned.

*After reading The Great Kapok Tree, *Think about how the rain forest is similar and how it is different from the forest, woodlot, lawn or playground around your school.

*Go outside and collect leaves, draw them and think about their form and function and how they are similar or different from rain forest leaves.

*After reading How Groundhogs Garden Grew, *Collect seeds from inside peppers, cantaloupe, pumpkins and beans and dry them in order to preserve them for the following spring. *Start a compost pile outside and watch and study the decomposition of vegetable matter into earth.

*Dig up part of the lawn and prepare a garden for planting in the spring.

You can request a teaching guide for How Groundhogs Garden Grew by sending a sase to Blue Sky Press, Scholastic, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012Contact your congresspeople and ask them to come to your school and discuss the issues they think are the most important in your community.

If your river needs cleaning up, bring them a bottle of dirty river water as the kids in A River Ran Wild do (they give a bottle of dirty river water to Senator Kennedy).

Regularly write to your senators and reps to tell them what you think about all kinds of issues in your community.

Lynne Cherry is the author and/​or illustrator of over thirty award-winning books for children.