Rain Forests (Insiders Series)


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INsiders brings rain forests to life, with the most up-to-date information and state-of-the-art 3-D illustrations that practically leap off every page, stimulating minds and imaginations in a whole new way.

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Discover Rain Forests

INsiders brings rain forests to life, with the most up-to-date information and state-of-the-art 3-D illustrations that practically leap off every page, stimulating minds and imaginations in a whole new way.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Rain forests provide essential natural resources to the planet, and perhaps this is why they have greatly diminished over the past several decades. Rain forests are diverse, fascinating ecosystems. Each part of the rain forest is unique and interconnected with each other part in a way that is rarely seen in ecosystems. For example, an animal or a plant can spend all of its existence in the canopy of a rain forest, and yet its loss could dramatically affect the life cycle of an organism living in the understory. Vogt introduces the reader to every layer of the rain forest, sketching broad strokes to introduce a sampling of plant and animal life that presents an arresting introduction to rain forests. Full-color illustrations and photos fill each page, and brief passages present textual snapshots of the various subjects. Each level of the rain forest is taken in turn. Vogt closes with a broad discussion of how the rain forests have been depleted over the years and why such action produces no positive results. This text, part of the "Insiders" series, produces an adequate introduction to rain forests. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal

Gr 3-7

Vogt introduces the basic structure of tropical rain forests and discusses features of the various layers. He considers a variety of plants and focuses on several examples, including the strangler fig and rafflesia. He also notes the serious environmental damage caused by the destruction of the forests. The second half of the volume places selected rain forest animals "in focus." Basic facts about each of them accompany a small world map with the animals' location noted. A grid along the page's edge indicates the layer(s) of the forests in which the animal spends most of its time. Striking visuals, a hallmark of the series, will grab readers' attention. Vertical as well as horizontal spreads create additional visual interest. Vogt includes a glossary and index but no list of resources. With plenty of eye appeal, the book will attract browsers and offer a colorful update for collections needing additional material on the topic.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416938668
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Series: Insiders Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 423,136
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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