Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme

Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme

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by Marianne Berkes, Jeanette Canyon
     
 

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Teachers and parents, here is the easiest, most entertaining way ever to teach about this important habitat. The special talent of this author is entertaining kids while the adults think it is a lesson about the rainforest. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze! It will not… See more details below

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Teachers and parents, here is the easiest, most entertaining way ever to teach about this important habitat. The special talent of this author is entertaining kids while the adults think it is a lesson about the rainforest. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze! It will not take much to have your child joyfully hooting and squawking too. And the illustrations are painstakingly all done in polymer clay and then photographed, giving a 3-D effect. They are truly remarkable, vividly conveying the abundant energy of a rainforest, and will inspire many an art project. Plus there are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Quist
Adding perfectly to the exotic rainforest theme, Jeanette Canyon's beautiful polymer clay illustrations will be the first feature to draw the reader's attention to this entertaining counting book. Skillfully using the traditional tune "Over in the Meadow," Berkes describes the activities of rainforest babies from a wide variety of animals, swinging the readers along like the marmosets she begins with, and inviting them to sing like the five baby parrots by including the music in the back. If the fun rhythm and pictures were not enough, other back matter, including information about each animal mentioned, the rainforest in general, a finding game, and recommendations to encourage child participation both from the author and the artist, make this picture book an excellent teaching tool on many levels.
School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 3 - Another variation on the familiar song, this one enumerates some of the unusual fauna of the rain forest. It not only spotlights some of the animals-marmosets, parrots, honey bears, leaf cutter ants, etc.-but also offers pertinent information on the habitat. Berkes describes the different layers of the rainforest and its importance to our global ecology, and suggests movement activities for children to act out the rhyme. The unusual and colorful illustrations are made with polymer clay and then photographed, giving them a three-dimensional look. Each spread has the text and a number on the left against a dark-green leaf background, and shows one animal family with the correct number of babies as well as several other sets of indigenous flora or fauna to count. A long double page shows all the levels of the rain forest in cross section, and children are challenged to count the animals previously encountered and now hanging on the vines and hiding underneath the trees, etc. This is a handsome book on an important subject, and it can serve as recreational reading as well as an introduction to a basic unit on the rain forest.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584691761
Publisher:
Dawn Publications
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
695,359
File size:
33 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Marianne Berkes has spent much of her life with young children as a teacher, children's theater director and children's librarian. She knows how much children enjoy brilliantly illustrated counting books with predictable text about real animals. Recently retired to write full time and visit schools and libraries, she is also the author of the award-winning "Over" Series.; Jeanette Canyon creates her colorful and beautifully textured relief sculptures from polymer clay - the same medium she used in Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef. Unbounded imagination, a belief in unlimited creative possibilities, and with experience as a former arts educator of young children shape her innovative approach to award-winning picture books. Jeanette Canyon received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, where she resides with her husband Christopher Canyon-also a creator of many children's books. When she isn't working in her studio she spends her time visiting schools and libraries, and speaking at conferences.

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