Article Title

The Tin Forest


Karen Abbott


Outstanding, Toddler, Preschool, Primary, Dreams, Making Dreams Come True, Ecology, Turning Trash to Treasure, Making Do, Forest, Recycling, Upcycling

Document Type

Book Review


An old man dreams of living in a beautiful green forest that is full of living plants and creatures, but the reality around him is trash. Each day he burns garbage, sorts trash, and buries a bit; but the mountain of waste is too high. One day while viewing a piece of trash he gets an idea--why not build a forest from the trash? Each day a builds a bit, and then a bit more. Soon he has tin trees and tin birds and tin cats, an entire forest of tin. But it is quiet. It is not quite the forest that he has always dreamed about, until one day a bird visits. The bird returns the next day carrying seeds like birds do. As the seed grows and other seeds develop the tin trees are soon wrapped in vines and surrounded by flowers. Animals move in and soon this is forest full of sounds and smells and beauty. It is just the forest he dreamed of now, and he has creatures to share it with.