When you get home, tell them how large the world is, and how green. And tell them that the beauty of the world makes demands on you. They will need reminding. Although I found this book slow to start, once it did start it was amazing. So many different themes shine through this book - friendship, courage, environmental stewardship, adventure, kindness, creativity, problem solving, teamwork and independence. Four young children - Fred, Con, Lila and Max - are aboard a tiny plane flying over the Amazon Rainforest when it crashes - leaving them stranded in the middle of nowhere and without an adult to help guide them. Using their own basic knowledge they start to look after each other in an environment that is completely foreign to them. Eating new food, sleeping outdoors, observing animal behaviour and hunting for meals are all a part of survival in this green and lush rainforest. But it is only by chance that Fred discouvers a map and with his own knowledge of past explorers convinces the group that they need to follow the river to get back home. The children discover much more than they thought they would and learn so much more about themselves that they ever knew. I can’t give anymore away - you’ll have to read it to find out.
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