Aww. This story really is rather gorgeous. And, while the text is lovely and I'll be getting on to that, I really do need to give a shout-out to the fabulous illustrations, all done by children. There are flowers, butterflies, fruits, trees, and some feature Stan at home amongst them. My favourite is the human figure created from fern fronds. It truly is the green man of the forest. They're wonderful and vivid and heartwarming. And I think they bring the reader closer to the text. Hats off to Gonsalves for commissioning kids to illustrate her book. It was a stroke of genius. The text is lovely, too. Inside her story of a friendship between the human and natural worlds, Gonsalves fills it with all sorts of useful information about how plants are used and what benefits they have and about their histories. Ferns are the oldest plant species on Earth: 300 million years old, in fact. Pine resin makes perfume. Mushrooms dye cloth. Poppies can calm. Feverfew can ease a headache. The Vitamin C in fruit prevents scurvy. There's a lot to find out here. But mostly, it's the charming story of a little boy who loves his forest. And through Stan, readers will love his forest too. What more could children - or their parents - want?