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Inside the Amazing Amazon: Incredible Fold-Out Cross Sections of the World's Greatest Rainforest

Inside the Amazing Amazon: Incredible Fold-Out Cross Sections of the World's Greatest Rainforest

by Don Lessem, Michael Rothman (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
This book provides gorgeous, detailed, fold-out illustrations depicting the four major levels in the rainforest-the forest floor, understory, canopy and emergent layer. Introductory text explains the adaptations exploited by the flora and fauna native to each layer. A numbered diagram follows each fold-out spread, and text highlights some of the animals and plants depicted. A glossary and listing of the scientific name of the plants and animals is included. The book provides a clear, concise introduction to the natural history of the rainforest, and the lush paintings transport the reader there.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-This lush volume takes readers on a visual trek through the Amazon Basin. It's fun and flashy but doesn't convey the wealth in resources or the depth of the problems of this endangered environment. The area's native people, the loss of habitat due to exploitation, and the river itself are merely mentioned. The focus instead is the ecology of the rainforest. Oversized gatefold spreads depict the layers of the forest, each featuring Rothman's vivid, if somewhat static, paintings. Readers will be attracted to these pictures, which reflect the rich array of flora and fauna, but may be frustrated by the need to flip back and forth to the key and the introductory and follow-up pages for identification. Other illustrations accompanying interesting tidbits of information in the text are not drawn to scale. There is a brief glossary, a list of organizations, and a key to scientific names; but overall, this book does not amount to more than a browsing item. Fiona MacDonald's Rain Forest (Steck-Vaughn, 1994) is less attractive, but better organized; and for a real sense of the magnificence and importance of this ecosystem, look for Adrian Forsyth's Journey through a Tropical Jungle (S.&S., 1989).-Susan Oliver, Hillsborough County Science Library at MOSI, Tampa, FL
Carolyn Phelan
This large-format book focuses on the distinct layers of the Amazon rain forest: the forest floor, the understory, the canopy, and the emergent layer. After the introduction, each chapter presents the characteristics of one horizontal habitat and describes some of the animals and plants that live there. The book's most striking sections are the three-page, fold-out paintings of life in each layer. After every fold-out picture are pages of text and smaller illustrations of individual species as well as clues to finding the featured plants and animals in the big pictures. Teeming with life, the detailed paintings make this a visually dramatic introduction to the rain forest.

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Random House Children's Books
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
9.88(w) x 13.30(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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