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Book cover of We the Forest, with a red squirrel near tree trunk, bluebell forest, and tree roots exposed below. Published by Cultureshock.

We the Forest

By (author) Sai Pathmanathan
Illustrated by Sofia Iva


  • We the Forest is co-published with Forestry England, an organization that, for more than 100 years, has been growing, shaping and caring for over 1,500 of the UK's forests for the benefit and enjoyment of all
  • We the Forest combines art and science to create a beautifully illustrated study of UK forests
  • This book contains artwork from artists such as Marshmallow Laser Feast, Jeff Frost and Versia Harris
  • Drawing on detailed research and resources provided by Forestry England, the writer easily explains the complexity of the forest ecosystem to young readers
  • Suitable for ages 6-12
Full Description

We the Forest aims to ‘rewild the imagination’ by opening children’s eyes afresh to the wonder of forests through a meld of science and contemporary artwork. New scientific discoveries show that the interconnectedness of the forest runs deeper than we ever imagined. This title explores how all life in the forest is linked and our own human connection to and dependence on the forest.

Engaging text evokes the magic of forests – from how trees communicate to their superpowers of regeneration and protection of the planet – accompanied by commissioned illustrations. Interspersed throughout are arresting artworks inspired by forests from a wide variety of contemporary artists: learn to speak in ‘tree’ with Katie Holten’s tree alphabet, peer through Levon Biss’s lens to see what a giant beetle would look like, or witness the terrible beauty of forest fires in Jeff Frost’s photos. Interactive elements encourage the reader in their own creative projects.

About the Author

Dr Sai Pathmanathan has a neuroscience doctorate from the University of Oxford and worked first as a neuroscientist before moving into science education and communication. She has over 20 years of experience in science education and runs science clubs and community workshops, developing activities and resources for a range of ages and abilities. She also consults on science communication and projects around public engagement. Her book Utterly Jarvellous (Faber) won the 2021 Teach Primary Book Award for STEM. For more about Sai’s projects, visit

29th May 2024
USA & Canada
8.66 in x 11.02 in
124 Pages
90 color, 10 b&w
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