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kapok tree

[′kā‚päk ‚trē]
(botany)
Ceiba pentandra. A tree of the family Bombacaceae which produces pods containing seeds covered with silk cotton. Also known as silk cotton tree.
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Trunks of Boa, or Kapok trees (Ceiba pentrada), are traditionally used for log coffins; thus as Nage themselves explain, owing to this funerary usage, to build a house of Kapok would invite disaster.
Since I wanted to begin the unit in a dramatic way, I used an audiotape of rain-forest music and sounds to accompany the reading of The Great Kapok Tree. The book concerns a lumberman who takes a nap during the arduous task of trying to cut down a giant kapok tree in the Amazon rain forest.
Early in life, Emily Moberg's love of nature was nurtured by frequent run-ins with salamanders in her backyard, unsanctioned late-night PBS documentaries, and healthy dosage of The Lorax and The Great Kapok Tree. Her later fixation on math and science led to her pursue environmental engineering at MIT for her undergraduate studies, before the biology world sucked her back in.
Cultivated in the rainforests of Southeast Asia and Central and South America, Kapok Fiber is harvested from the fluffy fiber-filled seedpods of the kapok tree and can be used to stuff anything from pillows to teddy bears.
An award-winning children's author and illustrator of more than thirty books, Cherry wrote the classic The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest eighteen years ago.
The great kapok tree. San Diego, CA: Voyager Books (Also in Spanish) Couric, K.
Performed by students ages 5 to 8, the plays will be "In the Great Kapok Tree," in which a tree cutter learns about tropical rain forests from the animals, and "Where the Wild Things Are." For information, call 682-8316.
For example, Where the Wild Things Are (Sendak, 1988), The Great Kapok Tree (Cherry, 1990), Knight and Dragon (De Poala, 1998) scored excellent in literary quality and scored either fair or poor in mathematical quality.
Damkoehler, the science resource teacher, had just come to the first-grade classroom to share one of her favorite stories, The Great Kapok Tree (Cherry 1990).
An old kapok tree with falling petals has created a scene at the University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB).