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Jungle (DK Eyewitness Books) Hardcover – March 30, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; Har/Com edition (March 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756645441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756645441
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Feeling bored with your day-to-day environment? A journey through a tropical rain forest could be the perfect "pick-me-up." And thanks to Jungle, you can visit the life-teeming tropics without ever leaving the comforts and conveniences of your own home.

In Jungle, all manner of flora and fauna are explored--from the treetops to the forest floor--in Central American, South American, African, Tropical Asian, and Australasian rain forests. Vivid photographs with intriguing captions introduce readers to exotic places and creatures they've likely never heard of before. Meet, for example, the harpy eagle, the pygmy anteater, the shovel-nosed catfish, the spear-nosed bat, and the gaboon viper. Learn about the natural medicinal powers of many jungle plants. Discover the various foods, such as ginger, cocoa, sweet potato, and pineapple, which are sold around the world but have their origins in the rain forest. Topics covered include What Is a Rain Forest?, In the Water, Climbers, Seed Dispersal, Dusk to Dawn, Hidden Dangers, Nature's Architects, Medicines, Hunters and Killers, Disguise and Warning, Tricks and Traps, Jungle Produce, and Under Threat.

The text is factual but never dry; thorough without being too much to swallow. Kids will be fascinated by the animals and plants featured within the glossy, beautifully-designed pages, and adults may be tempted to wrestle the book from the hands of their children--just to get a closer look. Another winner in Knopf's excellent and informative Eyewitness Books series, Jungle reveals that if indeed it is a jungle out there, then "out there" is a pretty cool place to be. (Ages 8 and older)

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...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] -- The New York Times<br /><br />These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] --School Library Journal

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3rd graders love the Eyewitness series.
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They have been painted sculpted, used as adornment, idolized worshipped feared loved and seen as a great source of strength and inspiration.
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I liked the way it covered the plants and animals in the forest and how people have benefited from them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Eyewitness Books is a series of volumes aimed at young readers. As such, they provide a wonderful educational and learning opportunity for this age group. This volume is no different, providing a lively introduction to jungles.

The first segment, answering the question "What is a rain forest," provides basic background. The prose notes that rainforests are complex and old ecosystems, with a dazzling array of plant and animal life. Page 7 notes that rain forests come in several "stories"--"at the top," with birds and some monkeys, "forest canopy" with a different set of life, and then the "forest floor," where we would find many plants, insects, mammals, and so on. The text goes on to note that there are a variety of tropical forests--from mountains to swamps to lowland rain forest and so on. These two introductory sections provide useful context for the young reader.

Thereafter, section after section (normally about two pages each) addresses a large set of issues, from seed dispersal of plants to Central American jungles to African jungles to forest apes to Asian and Australasian forests. To illustrate in more detail, let's consider a couple subjects in a bit more detail. One section is entitled "Explorers." Here, we are introduced to jungle explorers such as: William Bligh (Yes, Captain Bligh), who was commissioned to bring breadfruit tress from jungles back to England; Alexander von Humboldt, who explored Venezuela; Henry Bates, who explored Brazilian rain forests. Just a snippet for each, but enough to inform young readers of the human face of exploration.

Another segment focuses on "Tricks and Traps." The focus here is on "predatory plants," some of which have evolved to become carnivores, feeding off one sort or another of life, from insects on to small mammals and birds.

All in all, another valuable entry in the series. For young readers interested in tropical rain forests, this is a fine introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nellie Barker on February 15, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son loves these sticker books. They are a great way to learn animals and jungle life by reading small blurbs about each animal/plant, then finding where it goes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on January 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Eyewitness books so this one is no different, it's great! I liked the way it covered the plants and animals in the forest and how people have benefited from them. It is amazing that so many life forms survive in one concentrated area. The book is very good at discussing rain forests all over the world and providing us with a glimpse where people in mass numbers couldn't possibly be welcome. I loved the book and my students will too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was exactly right for an eight year old boy who is VERY interested in rainforests. In fact, there is even a large picture of a bluc and yellow macaw on one page, and that is (at least at the time he got the gift)his FAVORITE rain forest animal.
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Format: Hardcover
Purchased for a 3rd grade teacher, who teaches informational text. Very well received by both the teacher and students. 3rd graders love the Eyewitness series.
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By Patrick L Metcalf on March 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good educational book. Didn't knock my socks off. Nice pictures, but not great pictures. Not something that will be terribly engaging for a young child.
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