Rain Forests and Reefs: A Kid's-Eye View of the Tropics

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Eighteen young zoologists' adventures--documented here in photographs, journal entries, postcards, and a running commentary--provides a fascinating introduction to the tropical world. The students snorkel through the coral reefs and hike through the rain forest, observing the rich diversity of life in these habitats.

Describes a fieldtrip that eighteen students and seven adults took to study the ecosystems of a tropical rain forest ...

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Eighteen young zoologists' adventures--documented here in photographs, journal entries, postcards, and a running commentary--provides a fascinating introduction to the tropical world. The students snorkel through the coral reefs and hike through the rain forest, observing the rich diversity of life in these habitats.

Describes a fieldtrip that eighteen students and seven adults took to study the ecosystems of a tropical rain forest and a coral reef in Belize.

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Gr 4-8Caitlin Maynard's account of her trip to Belize with the Junior Zoologists Club is supplemented with factual material from her father, the education director at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and club leader Stan Rullman. Together, they provide an unusual view of the diversity of plants and animals in a country about the size of Massachusetts. The teenagers hiked through both lowland tropical rain forests and the Mountain Pine Ridge region. They spent time in a jaguar preserve, although they never observed the elusive cats. Snorkeling near coral reefs brought them into contact with a different habitat. This book is much more than a travelogue. Profiles of people working to save the environment, brief biofacts, and definitions of significant terms expand upon the information provided. The attractive format incorporates full-color photographs, different typefaces, and boxed text to offer visual cues to changes in topic and voice. This engaging title serves as an introduction to both tropical rain forests and coral reefs. For supplemental information, direct students to Mary Cerullo's Coral Reef (Cobblehill, 1996) and Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Children Save the Rain Forest (Dutton, 1996). What makes this book unique is its concentration on the diversity of Belize and the personal perspective that brings natural wonders alive for readers.Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
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  • ISBN-13: 9780531158067
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Series: Cincinnati Zoo Bks.
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.13 (w) x 10.51 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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