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Walking Through the Jungle Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (NY) (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531300358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531300350
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1. This book begins "Walking through the jungle,/Walking through the jungle,/What do you see?/What do you see?/I think I see a lion,/Chasing after me,/Chasing after me" and continues in this vein as a girl meets five more animals. The text is extremely similar in concept and rhythm to Bill Martin's Brown Bear, Brown Bear... (1983) and Polar Bear, Polar Bear... (1991, both Holt). The bold double-page artwork will draw readers instantly, and they'll find themselves poring over the brightly colored, stunning, acrylic illustrations. Varying facial expressions cleverly convey happiness or fear on the faces of the main character and animals as they encounter one fierce creature after another. While children will enjoy this book, it's unfortunate that it's so close in concept and cadence to Martin's books.?Barbara McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, MD
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Harter sets her young character trooping through various habitats, chanting as she goes: ``Walking through the jungle,/Walking through the jungle,/What do you see?/What do you see?'' Readers soon come to understand that each place harbors a creature that might be a threat: ``I think I see a lion,/Chasing after me,/Chasing after me.'' All the animals--from blowfish to Dall sheep to Arctic foxes--are rendered in fantastical colors. Harter provides crisp tension between the book's peaceable kingdoms and a lurking nature, red of tooth and claw, which is beveled by the sweet disposition of the artwork and by the closing pages: Lion, wolf, polar bear, crocodile, and rattle snake follow the girl to her home and sit down for vegetarian snacks. A simple, enjoyable environmental romp. (Picture book. 2-5) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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It is sure to instill a love of reading in your child.
Deean R.
For kids who can't always talk, they can recognize this tune and the tunes and words to all of the Barefoot Books!
Tina Hilton
My kids adore this book, each page is an adventure with all of the colorful pictures.
Mom in VA

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mom in VA on December 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for preschool aged children. The text is very simple and asks the same question on each page; "What did you see?" My kids love to say what they see on each page, there are so many animals on every page, and that allows the children to all "find" several animals. My kids adore this book, each page is an adventure with all of the colorful pictures. We love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We checked this book out of the library and then purchased one when we could not renew the library's copy yet again. Our two-and-a-half year old daughter asks for it every night. The illustration is stunning. There is a wealth of visual interest and information on every page -- new animals to find (and new questions to ask) for many readings. The "What do you see" question in each setting (jungle, mountain, river) encourages her to point out and name or ask the name of everything on the page. And as a parent, I have not tired of the repeated reading of this favorite book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jess on May 27, 2013
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I have yet to find a Barefoot Book that is not great. Whenever i read this with kids, they love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chin on May 19, 2013
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My little girl loves it!
Colourful book & upbeat music. Great for little ones learning vocabulary through repetition.
Recommended for young ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina Hilton on January 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
As a special education teacher of children with autism, this book is great! The kids recognize and enjoy the repetition, love the animal sounds, and dance to the beat. For kids who can't always talk, they can recognize this tune and the tunes and words to all of the Barefoot Books!
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Format: Paperback
On a walk through the jungle, the reader hears various animals and wonders, am I being followed?
I borrowed this book from the library for my two and half year old son and he LOVES it so much I am buying it. The pictures are some of the best in children's books. The text is simple and rhythmic. It works the imagination. It's impossible not to read in a sing-song manner more difficult not to act out. My son even repeats the story on our walks, making the trees his jungle. He reads it to me and anyone who dares enter our home. I can't imagine a child who would not love it. It is sure to instill a love of reading in your child.
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