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Tropical Rainforests Hardcover – August 24, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061142530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061142536
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5–Simon's short overview has a familiar format: large pages of oversize text facing sharp color photos of trees, animals, and plants provide an inviting overview of the biome that is populated by the largest variety of plant and animal species on the planet, with many of them yet to be discovered. Photo sources are identified, but there are no captions. Simon's careful descriptions hold a great deal of appeal for young people. He describes each of the rainforest's layers, along with some unusual plants, animals, and insects (e.g., bromeliads, sloths, pangolins, army ants) and explains that many medicines, oils, spices, fruits, and nuts are products of rainforest trees and plants. He also notes that areas of rainforest are being lost as they are cleared for farming or mining. This book is more focused and offers better descriptions than Darlene R. Stille's Tropical Rain Forests (Children's Press, 2000). Nancy Smiler Levinson's Rain Forests (Holiday House, 2008) and Gail Gibbons's Nature's Green Umbrella (HarperCollins, 1994) are suitable for younger children, and Philip Johansson's The Tropical Rain Forest: A Web of Life (Enslow, 2004) is the choice for reports.Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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From Booklist

Using Simon’s signature square format, large-print text, and excellent color photographs, this volume presents tropical rain forests. Clear and beautifully reproduced, the photos are the book’s most striking feature. The text provides a sound, basic introduction to tropical rain forests, their climate, their layered structure, and their vital importance to the world’s environment while stopping to look more closely at a few plants and many animals that live in there, such as army ants, piranhas, anacondas, frogs, parrots, bats, and sloths. Although it would sometimes be helpful to have captions that would identify the animals and plants pictured or give a better sense of their size, the book’s clean design is attractive, and the photos are often eye-catching. A glossary is appended. From a fine science writer, here’s an informative and visually rich introduction. Grades 2-5. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of [children's science] writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association). His free, educational children's app, SCIENCE FUN TO GO, debuted in the Top 10 of all free children's apps in the Amazon App store, and features in app purchase of original Seymour Simon eBooks, as well as a multitude of free content.

Seymour Simon uses his website, SeymourSimon.com, to provide free downloads of a wealth of materials for educators, homeschoolers and parents to use with his books, including 4-page Teacher Guides for all 26 of his Collins/Smithsonian photo essay books. The site provides multiple resources for kids writing book reports or wanting to explore the online Science Dictionary, and also features the Seymour Science blog highlighting current science news. Educators and families are encouraged to sign up to receive the monthly newsletter from SeymourSimon.com to stay abreast of the latest materials that Seymour Simon is introducing to enrich the reading experience.

He taught science and creative writing in elementary and secondary schools and was chair of the science department at a junior high school in the New York City public school system before leaving to become a full-time writer. "I haven't really given up teaching," he says, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing and talking to kids around the country and the world."

Seymour Simon is also a creator and the author of a series of 3D books and a series of Glow-in-the-Dark Books for Scholastic Book Clubs, a series of leveled SEEMORE READERS for Chronicle Books, and the EINSTEIN ANDERSON, SCIENCE DETECTIVE series of fiction books. His books encourage children to enjoy the world around them through learning and discovery, and by making science fun. He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects; one prominent science education specialist described Simon's books as "extraordinary examples of expository prose."

Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children's science literature; The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Non-fiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children's nonfiction; the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forum on Children's Science Books.

In a recent interview Simon was asked if he ever thinks of retiring. "I seem to be working faster and harder than ever. I absolutely don't feel any urge to sit back and look at what I've done. The only things that I'm thinking about are things I'd like to do in the future. I'm planning and doing and continuing to write. It's what I love to do. I remember a story about an anthropologist going to talk to a tribe and he asked them what was their word for "work." Their response was they have no word for work. Everybody does the things that they do in their life. I love that response. I don't differentiate between work and play. Everything I do is something that I enjoy doing - the writing, the research and everything else."

Seymour Simon writes and photographs nature from his hilltop home in Columbia County in upstate New York. You can follow his daily nature walks and see his photographs from the field on Twitter (@seymoursimon) or on his Facebook group page. He also regularly hosts Q&As and sponsors book giveaways on GoodReads.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Experienced Editor VINE VOICE on April 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
On opening this book, a person will immediately be struck by the high quality of the full-color photographs showing the rich diversity of plant and animal life in a rainforest. Brilliant macaws, huge anacondas, strange-looking mammals such as the sloth and the pangolin make their home in the hot, humid habitat. Simple yet fascinating facts draw the reader into this world. (Imagine a catfish 10 feet long!) The book ends with a look at how the rainforests affect the global environment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindles Forkids on October 26, 2014
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This could have been a wonderful book if it had been formatted well. Unfortunately, the words are tiny. You can enlarge them by double-tapping, but they are still very small. The pictures could have been beautiful and dramatic, but the formatting has ruined the effect. I wish publishers would stop using this type of formatting where they are essentially trying to fit two book pages on a single kindle screen. It makes each book page look about the size of a board book when viewed on your kindle. In addition, the dictionary and translation features don't work with this formatting. I returned the book in about 30 seconds, and I will return all future books that are formatted this way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon J. Frost on February 15, 2014
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I love this book and purchased the Kindle version. What a mistake! Two pages are squeezed onto the screen, making the print impossibly small. If publishers cannot reproduce the print version with integrity, they should not make digital versions of their books.
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