Rainforests

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A comprehensive modern reference book all about rainforests for confident readers.

This book is far more than a collection of bugs and butterflies. It explores rainforests by continent, so the young reader gains first hand experience of the contrasts between the flora and fauna of South America, Africa, and India. It introduces indigenous people who reveal age-old secrets of survival in the forest. It explores how rainforests are exploited for every day products in everyones' ...

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Overview


A comprehensive modern reference book all about rainforests for confident readers.

This book is far more than a collection of bugs and butterflies. It explores rainforests by continent, so the young reader gains first hand experience of the contrasts between the flora and fauna of South America, Africa, and India. It introduces indigenous people who reveal age-old secrets of survival in the forest. It explores how rainforests are exploited for every day products in everyones' homes. The latest research reveals newly discovered creatures unique to this book, and the current threat level to our planet as we continue to destroy Earth's most diverse habitat. Fantastic photos, structured layouts, and age-appropriate vocabulary entice newly confident readers into the world of information books. Data boxes, maps, and stats encourage related numeracy and science skills. Vetted by literacy experts.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Quist
This book might be great for a reference book, but it's not so much for a straight-through read. While there is a general organization with information about the different layers of the rainforest, each page also has several sub-sets of information that will be distracting for young readers. On the plus side, the book offers many beautiful photographs depicting many aspects of the rainforest—the people, the plants, the water, and the animal life. The overall organization is pretty helpful, covering the different layers of the rainforest from top to bottom. The glossary in the back could be helpful for those wanting to know more specifically about the dangers caused by our modern extravagant uses of rubber and paper. But as indicated, the book attempts to cover too much in too short a space, leaving many words undefined—even in the glossary—and many questions unanswered. For example, children might wonder about the word "indigenous" or what the difference is between monkeys and apes. The reason I point out this problem is that older children who might know these answers would be looking for much more thorough information in books devoted to the subset of the rainforest they are more particularly interested in. Frankly, I got a headache trying to process everything and consequently only gleaned from it the major agenda—not to overuse paper and rubber products, and to seek ways to use what we must with minimal impact on the rainforest. Reviewer: Heidi Quist
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—This coverage of eclectic topics related to tropical rainforests packs images and text snippets from the edge of one page to the other. However, layered photos of animals and plants often disregard relative sizes. For example, a fungus emerging from the forest floor appears larger than a termite mound while the close-up view of a cassowary head dwarfs the rhinoceros behind it. Menageries spiral across several spreads to showcase colors or raise awareness of endangered species. Although small print identifies each animal, there's no indication of where they live. Some large photos, such as the close-up of a mossy leaf-tailed gecko camouflaged against tree bark will make viewers pause. Others, like the tarantula eating a bird or a pit viper with a rat's legs and tail dangling from its mouth, add to the "yuck" factor. Some organization appears in sections tied to animals and people of Central and South America, Africa, Madagascar, and Asia. The book also includes an overview of chocolate production, an interview with a conservationist, survival tips for those lost in a rainforest, and messages about why rainforests matter and how readers can help preserve them. One spread features a lineup of monkeys, a link to the free downloadable digital book that accompanies the volume. Viewers can read and watch video clips about chimpanzees, gorillas, and other monkeys. More informative and organized presentations can be found in Seymour Simon's Tropical Rainforests (Smithsonian, 2010) or Linda Taliaferro's Tropical Rain Forest (Capstone, 2007). Consider this book if additional titles are needed to pique browsers' interest in the topic.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545495622
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Scholastic Discover More Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 384,431
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: IG890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny Arlon is an author who writes children's non-fiction, taking inspiration from her children. Her books range from pre-school to family reference, and include the Art Attack books, based on the award-winning CITV children's television programme, and all 14 titles in Dorling Kindersley's Eye Know series.

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