In the Land of the Jaguar: South America and Its People

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South America’s story is as varied as its geography of soaring mountains, scorching deserts, and lush rainforests. In Ecuador alone, there are 25,000 kinds of plants, 1,500 species of birds, 4,500 different butterflies, and 300 mammals! Gena K. Gorrell’s brilliant text combines an often tragic history with the problems and triumphs of the present. The information she offers ranges from “the Requirement” (a document read out by the conquistadors each time they came upon a new group of indigenous people to justify ...

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Overview

South America’s story is as varied as its geography of soaring mountains, scorching deserts, and lush rainforests. In Ecuador alone, there are 25,000 kinds of plants, 1,500 species of birds, 4,500 different butterflies, and 300 mammals! Gena K. Gorrell’s brilliant text combines an often tragic history with the problems and triumphs of the present. The information she offers ranges from “the Requirement” (a document read out by the conquistadors each time they came upon a new group of indigenous people to justify their actions) to drug cartels, from the hidden and secretive Elders (a civilization that retreated to the mountains to preserve its customs and now considers itself the “guardian of the world”) to Gabriel García Márquez.

Replete with Andrej Krystoforski’s vibrant illustrations, maps, an index, and bibliography, In the Land of the Jaguar: South America and Its People is a fascinating, colorful journey of exploration and discovery.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Working Like a Dog:

“A thoroughly researched and captivating offering…. Report writers will find a wealth of information here, and all readers will gain a strong appreciation for these four-legged wonders.”
School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Discover a whole new world when reading about the countries of South America. Many interesting facts are uncovered about each country. The reader will not only learn the history of the individual countries and how they started, but also will unearth other fascinating information about the “other” America. Children will be fascinated to read about animals such as the anaconda, armadillos, Galapagos tortoises, llamas, and the capybaras. Other readers may find the gold, silver, pirates, or natural wonders of the land more captivating while reading. Readers will learn facts that are not well known such as the gauchos, the monkey puzzle tree, and the three mile Iguazu Falls in Argentina. In addition, sports, food, religion, cultural interests, and the people are all discussed in this colorful book. There seems to be a topic of interest to any reader. The great illustrations give an excellent idea of the different aspects of each individual country. The reading level is geared toward older readers, but younger ones would enjoy seeing the illustrations and having the intriguing information read to them. Teachers would benefit from having this delightful book in their classroom. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7 After a summary of its geological place in the world, the economic pressures that motivated the European expansion of the 1400s and 1500s, and a brief synopsis of South American history before the arrival of the Europeans, Gorrell takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the continent. She begins with Colombia and the countries along (or next to) the west coast, continues with those on the east, and ends with the Guianas and Venezuela in the north. The author terms her book a sampler, but every chapter is packed with highlights, descriptions, and poetry in the narrative, in boxes, and in captions. The engaging prose includes descriptions of the unique animals and plants of each country and-coupled with Krystoforski's vividly colored, jaunty maps and pen-and-ink drawings of everything from sailing ships to tango dancers-encourages readers to peruse every page.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887767562
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Gena K. Gorrell is a book editor and an award-winning writer of nonfiction for young people. Her third book, Heart and Soul: The Story of Florence Nightingale, won the Norma Fleck Award for Nonfiction. In her spare time she is a first-aid instructor and a volunteer officer in the Toronto Police Marine Unit. She lives in Toronto with her husband and her dog.

Andrej Krystoforski was born in Poland during World War II. After earning a master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, he began working as an illustrator and designer. Several years after receiving an art scholarship from the Kosciusko Foundation in New York, he emigrated to the United States. Andrej won many national and international awards before moving to Canada, where his interest in animation led to his involvement in the creation of many television shows and features including Pippi Longstocking, Heidi, Seven Little Monsters, Little Bear, Bob and Margaret, and Max and Ruby. Today, Andrej Krystoforski lives in Canada, creating children’s and young adult book illustrations.

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