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Children's LiteratureEvery day, an area of the rainforest larger than New York City is destroyed. Each week, more than 100 species of animals and plants become extinct as a result of this destruction. How is this happening and should we be concerned? Greeley's book examines this problem by informing the reader first about the rainforests, where they are located, their ecology, and what grows and lives there. He then describes the farming and logging techniques that are destroying them forever. If the current rate of destruction continues, the rainforests will be gone in 100 years. The ongoing negative effects range from losing rainforest plants used to make medicines, to warming of the planet that could cause ice caps in Antarctica to melt. Fortunately, governments around the world are working together on this problem. The format and concise presentation of information, enhanced with pertinent photographs, make this book an excellent resource for an ecology introduction for elementary school students. Part of the "Man-Made Disasters" series. 2003, The Rosen Publishing Group, Ages 5 to 10.
— Barbara Kennedy