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Rain Forests
     

Rain Forests

by Nancy Smiler Levinson, Diane Dawson Hearn (Illustrator)
 
Children will learn all about rain forests in this gorgeously illustrated easy reader by the team behind North Pole, South Pole, a Bank Street Children's Book of the Year.

Gorillas, parrots, hissing cockroaches, and iguanas make their homes in rain forests, as do thousands of other kinds of animals, birds, insects, and reptiles. There are also many trees and

Overview

Children will learn all about rain forests in this gorgeously illustrated easy reader by the team behind North Pole, South Pole, a Bank Street Children's Book of the Year.

Gorillas, parrots, hissing cockroaches, and iguanas make their homes in rain forests, as do thousands of other kinds of animals, birds, insects, and reptiles. There are also many trees and plants in each of the two types of rain forests (tropical and temperate). Filled with important facts, this book also uses beautiful, labeled illustrations to show life in rain forests from all over the world, such as Brazil, Costa Rica, and the Pacific Northwest of North America.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
There are two types of rain forests—those found near the equator, which are called tropical rain forests, and those in cooler places, called temperate rain forests. A map shows the location of ten major rain forests. For the tropical rain forests, there are pictures of the animals that can be found in various places around the world. The animals are identified, and young readers will have an opportunity to learn about quite a variety, from lowly leaf-cutter ants to lowland gorillas and many other animals along the way. In these forests, it is summer all the time, and rainfall can be up to 200 inches a year. These forests have four layers, each of which is described along with its typical inhabitants. Less time is spent looking at temperate rain forests, but they are smaller and not filled with quite the variety of animal life. Also, sunlight reaches down to the forest floor, which it does not do in the tropical rain forests. The last pages feature the inhabitants and the need to protect these ecosystems. The concluding pages summarize the major characteristics of each of the rain forest types. This very interesting and attractive book holds plenty of really good information. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3- Levinson offers a straightforward, simple introduction to rain forests and some of the flora and fauna found there. Most of the book deals with tropical forests and the characteristics of each of their four layers. Hearn clearly identifies the locales of her illustrations and labels the plants and animals depicted. A few pages highlight the temperate rain forest of North America. The book concludes with brief mention of the negative impacts on these woodlands. It's a solid choice for libraries in need of an additional resource about a subject covered in many recent titles, including Linda Tagliaferro's Explore the Tropical Rain Forest (Capstone, 2007), but readers who want details about particular plants, animals, or specific forests will need to consult other sources.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Kirkus Reviews
Aimed at fledgling readers, this introduction to rain forests worldwide pairs labeled gatherings of exotic, accurately depicted flora and fauna with concise descriptions of the ecosystems' distinctive characteristics. The level of detail is carefully gauged to nourish a budding interest in the subject without overstuffing it with facts. Hearn's bright paintings are full but not crowded, while Levinson doesn't shy away from terms like "epiphyte," but also keeps her text free of lists or barrages of statistics. Closing with a note on the destruction of rain forests, along with a spread of contrasting facts to reinforce the differences between rain forests tropical and temperate, this quick tour will serve equally well to inform and to entertain. (map) (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823418992
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Series:
Holiday House Reader Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Smiler Levinson is the author of several books for young readers, including history, biography, fiction, easy-to-read, and historical fiction. Her easy readers include Snowshoe Thompson and Clara and the Bookwagon. Visit her website at www.

ancysmilerlevinson.com.

Diane Dawson Hearn has illustrated numerous books for children, including Bear's Hiccups, Christmas in the Forest, and Turtle Dreams, all by Marion Dane Bauer. Learn more at www.dianedawsonhearn.com.

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