Jungle Song

Jungle Song

by Miriam Moss, Adrienne Kennaway
     
 

Little Tapir is sleeping next to his mother when he is woken by Spider and led deep inside the jungle following the beat of Spider's song. Monkeys, firebirds, snakes, and insects all add their own rhythms to the music, but when the beat stops and Tapir is all alone, he realizes how dangerous the jungle can be. Making things worse is that he can't find Mother Tapir

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Overview

Little Tapir is sleeping next to his mother when he is woken by Spider and led deep inside the jungle following the beat of Spider's song. Monkeys, firebirds, snakes, and insects all add their own rhythms to the music, but when the beat stops and Tapir is all alone, he realizes how dangerous the jungle can be. Making things worse is that he can't find Mother Tapir anyplace - where can she be? Miriam Moss's lively rhyming text and Adrienne Kennaway's endearing creatures and colorful watercolor tableaux make this an enchanting trip to the jungle for young readers. An endnote by David Bellamy talks about the importance of tropical rain forests.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A story set in a South American tropical rain forest. Awakened by a falling raindrop, Little Tapir is invited by Spider to explore. As he follows the arachnid, leaving his sleeping mother behind, he begins to hear the jungle's song "in the beat of his feet." Here, the narrative switches to pulsing verses: "Deep in the jungle where cathedral trees/Rise like pillars with flickering leaves./From the break of day in the cool half-light,/The jungle sings all through the night." Rich, vibrant watercolors will captivate readers and draw them deeper into the forest with the little animal. The intoxicating song takes Little Tapir further and further away from his mother, until the beat suddenly stops at nightfall. When he realizes that he is lost, his happy mood is replaced by feelings of loneliness and fear. At this moment, his mother appears, relieved to find him safe. Together, they walk into the undergrowth, as the jungle song starts again. This endearing story captures the innocence of a child's spontaneous curiosity, and the rhythm of the language makes it a great read-aloud. A note provides a few facts about tropical rain forests.-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Seduced by a spider, Little Tapir ventures away from his sleeping mother and into the rain forest in this rhythmic coming-of-age ode. He meets a howler monkey, butterflies, ants, and anteaters on his journey. In one spread, "[a] dead-eyed, heavy-weight anaconda / Uncoils herself to the sound of thunder." Moss's rhyme is sometimes slightly off kilter. Still, she successfully conveys the liveliness of Little Tapir's environment. In Kennaway's richly detailed watercolors, which appear throughout as lush, full-bleed spreads, young readers will likely enjoy spotting the diverse array of plants and animals. They will also identify with Little Tapir's bid for independence and be reassured when his mother meets up with him at just the right moment. As back matter, there's a note from author David Bellamy explaining the ecological importance of rain-forest preservation. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845070397
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
10/10/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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