From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3—From sunrise to sunset, three children travel through the Amazon rainforest. They watch monkeys and parrots in trees overhead, glide down the river with pink dolphins, observe leaf-cutter ants on the forest floor, and note other creatures large and small. Krebs's simple verses introduce the animals featured on the spreads, but Wilson's bright acrylic illustrations steal the show. Exciting colors and patterns capture the pulsing life of the region. Listeners will enjoy hunting for the three children, who are sometimes partially obscured by foliage. Following the rhymed text, Krebs provides additional explanatory material about the Amazon rainforest, conservation efforts, and indigenous peoples. A map of South America as well as a few facts about the animals featured in the story are included. These additions expand the book's value for children with a wide range of interest and reading levels.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Intricate illustrations with lively renderings of flora and fauna accompany rhyming couplets that celebrate the Amazon rain forest as a trio of children follows its wonders from sunrise to sunset. Reminiscent of the meter of “Over in the Meadow, ” the verses have a singsongy quality. “‘Fly,’ squawk the parrots, from branches and twigs. / ‘We’ll swoop down to breakfast on ripe, juicy figs.’” Dolphins and butterflies and snakes help introduce such colorful verbs as nuzzle, murmur, and skitter. Wordy back matter follows the poetry with information about the value of the rain forest as well as facts about its people and animals. The dark background does not provide sufficient contrast to the text, making it a bit hard to read. The charm and appeal of the book lie in its refreshing, whimsical art: Wilson’s vibrant palette reflects the richness and diversity of the Amazon, teeming with life. Grades K-3. --Patricia Austin