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Discover the Amazon: The World's Largest Rainforest
     

Discover the Amazon: The World's Largest Rainforest

by Lauri Berkenkamp, Blair Shedd
 

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From avoiding predators to navigating through the jungle without a compass, this innovative guide provides kids with the vital tools one would need if lost in the Amazon. Offering practical survival techniques based on real stories, children will learn lessons that can be adapted to almost any outdoor situation, such as making fire, deciphering animal tracks, and

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From avoiding predators to navigating through the jungle without a compass, this innovative guide provides kids with the vital tools one would need if lost in the Amazon. Offering practical survival techniques based on real stories, children will learn lessons that can be adapted to almost any outdoor situation, such as making fire, deciphering animal tracks, and using the natural world for all to create necessary supplies. Opening with an informative section on the region and its people, this essential resource combines history and science in a fun and engaging way. Facts and sidebars on the local creatures and plants are interspersed along with 15 activities for the home or classroom—from making a fishing spear to determining how much water is needed to stay healthy.

Editorial Reviews

Eclectic Homeschool Magazine Online
Although most of us will never visit the Amazon, its rainforests, or other ecospheres, Discover the Amazon allows us to imagine we will . . .if you're looking for a book that will stimulate your children's interest in learning about the Amazon, this is a terrific find.
Kenton County Public Library Clear Review
A thrilling book from front to back. The information is written in an easy conversational style that makes the book more personal for the reader and is easy to follow . . . strongly recommended for purchase and use by classroom teachers, librarians, and parents.
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Readers will be familiar with the South American river, the Amazon. However, they may not be familiar with Amazonia, the rainforest that covers almost half of the continent and contains multiple ecosystems, including savannahs, swamps, and flooded forests. Amazonia touches nine different countries in South America and provides a home to millions of plant life and animal life. Chapter 2 tells the story of seventeen-year-old Juliana Koepke, who survived a plane crash in Amazonia when she was the only survivor. Juliana spent eleven days on her own, following the Amazon River until she discovered shelter and was eventually rescued. Although this text has chapter divisions, it is best read in its entirety. There are maps, photos, and sidebars presenting glossary words and fascinating facts throughout the text. This format presents an amazing amount of information but would be distracting to a researcher trying to locate specific facts. Resource pages include a glossary, a bibliography, suggesting readings and websites, and an index. Twenty activities are included as "Try This!" pages with simple activities such as knot-tying, water testing, and perusing the grocery store for tropical fruits and nuts. This "Discover the Amazon" series is an easy reader for upper elementary and middle school learners. Its busy format will encourage students to read it through and perhaps create in the reader an interest in this area of science. It is therefore a recommended title for science and social studies classrooms. This title is not recommended for research collections. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal

Gr 3-7

Most books on the Amazon rely on spectacular photos of animals and plants to make an impact on readers. Berkenkamp's introduction to the river basin incorporates maps, drawings, and photos in various shades of green and brown on recycled paper. Yet, the text is far from dull. The conversational style provides a "you are there" feeling, conveying information and anecdotes while stressing outdoor survival skills. Facts about tropical rainforests, the Amazon and its tributaries, plus various plants and animals are woven throughout the text. Chapters feature tips on exploring safely on land and water, finding food and drinking water, and surviving at night. Descriptions of how to choose insects for a meal or how to distinguish varieties of nocturnal caiman by their eyeshine will intrigue potential explorers because of their exotic topics. However, many of the survival skills, such as crossing rivers or setting up shelter, could prove useful in other locations. Even readers who never travel to Amazonia will appreciate the region's complexity and significance after perusing this book, which ends with suggestions for ways to slow its destruction. Because of the book's broad sweep, those wanting in-depth information on specific topics will need to complete additional research, but this volume should stimulate interest in this diverse and important region.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

From the Publisher

"Even readers who never travel to Amazonia will appreciate the region's complexity and significance after perusing this book, which ends with suggestions for ways to slow its destruction . . . This volume should stimulate interest in this diverse and important region."  —School Library Journal

"Although most of us will never visit the Amazon, its rainforests, or other ecospheres, Discover the Amazon allows us to imagine we will . . . There are lots of try-this suggestions sprinkled throughout the book . . . if you're looking for a book that will stimulate your children's interest in learning about the Amazon, this is a terrific find."  —Eclectic Homeschool Magazine Online

"A thrilling book from front to back. The information is written in an easy conversational style that makes the book more personal for the reader and is easy to follow . . . strongly recommended for purchase and use by classroom teachers, librarians, and parents."  —Clear Review, Kenton County Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936749294
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Series:
Discover Your World
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Lauri Berkenkamp is the author of "Because I Said So!," "Mom, the Toilet's Clogged!," Kid Disasters and How to Fix Them, Talking to Your Kids About Sex, and Teaching Your Children Good Manners. Writing under the pen name Maxine Anderson, she is also the author of Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself, Explore Spring!, Explore Winter!, and Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire. Blair Shedd is a freelance writer and illustrator, the founder of oneGemini Studios, and the creator of the comic book Wayward Son. He lives in New England.

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