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Two West Coast Chicano artists (From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems) celebrate Iguazú Falls, the immense rain forest waterfalls that lie between Argentina and Brazil. "These waterfalls/ are the big blue/ and green laughter/ of Mother Earth/ cascading down/ in loud peals," declares Alarcón; Gonzalez assembles big, cheerful blocks of tropical color, invoking the falls with Matisse-like fronds of white and light blue. Short poems, often just 10 or 20 words long, adopt the voices of the animals that fill the rain forest around the falls: "From our perch/ we ants can spot/ many people... holding digital cameras/ taking lots of photos... ignoring the great/ and tiny wonders/ all around them." Alarcón writes with a kind of bubbly reverence, avoiding the sententiousness that characterizes much save-the-rain forest literature. Each of the 26 poems appears in both English and Spanish, with many explanatory footnotes; together with the dense illustrations, the effect of the pages duplicates that of the rain forest, jam-packed with things to look at. Ages 6-up. (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.