Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests

Overview

Green leaves, wet leaves.
The air is hot and steamy.
Everything is moist.

This is a tropical rain forest. As much as 240inches of rain may fall here in a single year! Beneath the treetop canopy, the rain forest bursts with plant and animal life. Periwinkles and lianes, tree frogs and spider monkeys abound.

In Nature's Green Umbrella, lushly ...

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Overview

Green leaves, wet leaves.
The air is hot and steamy.
Everything is moist.

This is a tropical rain forest. As much as 240inches of rain may fall here in a single year! Beneath the treetop canopy, the rain forest bursts with plant and animal life. Periwinkles and lianes, tree frogs and spider monkeys abound.

In Nature's Green Umbrella, lushly illustrated introduction to one of the world's most complicated ecosystems. For only if we know how important rain forests are to the whole world will we truly understand the need to protect them.

Author Biography:

Gail Gibbons, "a master of children's non-fiction" (ALA Booklist), has created over one hundred entertaining, eye-catching books that explain how things work. She lives in Corinth, Vermont. In Her Own Words...

"I was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1944. Even as a little child, I was always busy putting books together. Sometimes I would bind them with yarn to hold the pages together I've always loved drawing and painting. I was also a very curious child. My parents tell me that I was always asking lots and lots of questions.

"Later, I went to the University of Illinois, where I studied graphic design. Then I moved to New York City, where I got a job doing artwork for television shows. Eventually I was asked to do the artwork for a children's show. While doing that show, some of the children asked me if I had ever thought of doing children's books. My mind immediately recalled how much I enjoyed doing that type of thing when I was a child d. So I put an idea for a book together and right away a publisher bought it. That book was called Willy and His Wheel Wagon.

"Since then, overseventy books that I have written and illustrated have been published. The type of books I write are nonfiction books. This is because I love researching so much. I get to ask lots of questions, just like when I was a kid. I also get to travel and meet lots of interesting people. While doing research for my book Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests, I traveled to two islands where there are tropical rain forests, Saba and Dominica. I also had a great time writing and illustrating the book. I get a lot of pleasure from doing the type of work I do.

"Most of the time I live in Corinth, Vermont, in the middle of three hundred acres. I live with my husband, Kent Ancliffe, and our dog, Wilton. We also have three cats. My life in Vermont is very secluded. There are lots of wild animals that live on our property. We also spend a lot of time on an island off the coast of Maine where we have a little farmhouse. In fact, my book Christmas on an Island is about Christmas on this island.

"I have many hobbies, like swimming and boating, but my favorites are reading and creating books."

Describes the climatic conditions of the rain forest as well as the different layers of plants and animals that comprise the ecosystem.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
A scientifically accurate book that depicts the complex world of rain forests in easily understood text and sumptuous illustrations. The geography, climate and ecology of the rain forest are carefully explained, and the illustrations teem with the flora and fauna. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of man's activities on this fragile ecosystem.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Gibbons, an award-winning author-illustrator, is an important name to remember in nonfiction for the young. She has an ability to make the most difficult subject approachable and understandable. Nature's Green Umbrella is about rain forests and describes everything from the tropical ecosystem to the threats to its survival.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A colorful, informative look at tropical rain forests. Gibbons has drawn and labeled about 50 animals and numerous plants and trees on double-spread illustrations. Complementary text appears in the margins. Each spread is bordered by vines and flowers reminiscent of medieval manuscripts. The striking watercolors evoke the mood of the forests, while the text contains simple definitions for italicized scientific terms. Readers are drawn into the ecology of rain forests before mention is made of the danger of global warming and the extinction of flora and fauna due to humanity's destructive invasion. Methods for protecting the areas, such as creating selective cutting or extractive reserves, are noted. Lyn Stone's Rain Forests Rourke, 1989 and Jenny Wood's Rain Forests Gareth Stevens, 1991, written for slightly older children, have striking full-color photos and more text, but Gibbons's book is more inviting.-Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688154110
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Mulberry Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 154,684
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.37 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

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