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Children's LiteratureMore than half the species in the world live in the tropical rain forest; the howler monkey may be the noisiest animal in the rain forest. This interesting information, along with 99 other pieces of information about tropical rain forests, comprises this nonfiction book. An introductory page provides information about the benefits of the world's rain forests and the dangers they currently face. Preceding the list of 101 facts is a world map highlighting the locations of the tropical rain forests. The rest of the information is presented by numbered facts with seven to ten facts on each two-page spread. Much of the information presented focuses on the numerous animals living in the tropical rain forests but other information about topics such as the layers of the rain forest, plants of the rain forest, and people of the rain forest is included. Elementary school teachers and students will find this book very useful during a unit about the world's habitats. For ease of use, the book includes a glossary and index. In addition, excellent web links for additional information on the topic and a list of suggested books for further reading are provided. 2004 (orig. 2003), Gareth Stevens Publishing/World Almanac Education Group, Ages 8 to 11.
—Nancy T. Braverman