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Looking Closely in the Rain Forest
     

Looking Closely in the Rain Forest

by Frank Serafini
 

Look closely. Look very closely. Is it ... chestnuts? Sea coral? Just turn the page and, lo and behold, it's a zebra tarantula.

Colorful wonders await in the rain forest, including a red-eyed tree frog, a moth orchid and many more. Children will learn about a variety of animals and plants in this interactive book that encourages imagination and instills a

Overview

Look closely. Look very closely. Is it ... chestnuts? Sea coral? Just turn the page and, lo and behold, it's a zebra tarantula.

Colorful wonders await in the rain forest, including a red-eyed tree frog, a moth orchid and many more. Children will learn about a variety of animals and plants in this interactive book that encourages imagination and instills a respect for the natural environment.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The astonishing detail will have kids turning back to the small close-ups for repeated viewings.—Booklist
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Part of the "Looking Closely" series, this book focuses on plants and animals that live in rain forests. On the left side of each spread, the reader is told to look very closely at a color photograph of a design or pattern within a circle on the otherwise all-black right-hand page. The reader is given two possible answers to the question "What do you see?" The circle contains an enlarged photograph of a portion of the plant or animal that is presented in full and briefly described on the following spread. For instance, could a red pattern in the circle, which turns out to be a hibiscus, be a flamingo or a grapefruit? In addition to hibiscus, the life forms include a squirrel monkey, red-eyed tree frog, banana plant, zebra tarantula, scarlet macaw, bamboo, moth orchid, and spiny-tailed iguana. Some of the proffered answers are more plausible than others; inviting savvy children to reject the author's suggestions and come up with their own or even, after numerous readings, to identify the real thing accurately. The descriptions are straight-forward, containing essential information and, in some cases surprises, such as the fact that hibiscus flowers bloom for only one day. The photograph and questions that introduce each form engage readers so that they will likely listen closely to the facts while enjoying the full illustration. Appropriate not only for this book but also for the natural world around readers, the directive to look very closely conveys an important lesson. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
Kirkus Reviews

"Look very closely. What do you see? Sand dunes? Pussy willow? What could it be?" Following the pattern of others in the series (Looking Closely Along the Shore, 2008, etc.), this guessing game for the very young asks readers to choose what the close-up image in a small circle on the opposing page might represent. The next two pages show the big picture, along with two paragraphs of additional information. From squirrel monkey to spiny-tailed iguana, bananas to bamboo, the selection of animals, plants, fruits and flowers is intriguing. Although there is a red-eyed tree frog, other subjects will be a surprise. Unfortunately, there is no explanation of what a rainforest is, and the options suggested by his lead-in questions have no particular relevance to rainforest ecosystems. Except for two images, identified on the cataloging page, the author-photographer provides no information about when and where he took his pictures. Even for a read-aloud, this is of dubious value. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553375432
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Looking Closely Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Frank Serafini is an educator and avid nature photographer whose work has taken him from Fiji to Mexico, from Canada to Australia. Previously a primary schoolteacher, Frank is now Associate Professor of Children's Literature and Literacy Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Frank Serafini is an educator and avid nature photographer whose work has taken him from Fiji to Mexico, from Canada to Australia. Previously a primary schoolteacher, Frank is now Associate Professor of Children's Literature and Literacy Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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