Rain Forestsby Nancy Smiler Levinson, Diane Dawson Hearn (Illustrator)
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
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.
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
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.
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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