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We're Roaming in the Rainforest: An Amazon Adventure (Travel the World) Hardcover – March 1, 2010

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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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Travel the World
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846863317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846863318
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In creating my picture books, I have combined my love of children's literature with my love of traveling to fascinating places. I hope through my series with Barefoot Books to introduce young readers to people and cultures that might be unfamiliar to them.

I also love 18th century history and enjoyed finding real people who plied the trades I wrote about in my Colonial series. One of the men, a miller named Isaac Keeler, had lived in my Connecticut town and when I wrote the story, I was living in a Keeler house a short distance from the mill.

I have four children and five grandsons, one step-granddaughter and one step- grandson, none of whom live close enough to suit me. I now live in Virginia with my husband, Bill, and my golden retriever, May.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book serves as a delightful introduction to the Amazon Rainforest and is sure to hold the attention of even the youngest of preschool audiences with it's bright colors and well formed verses. The rhymes are very well done as the author introduces a new animal on each spread, beginning with the parrots in the morning and ending with jaguars and otters at night. Also included are some lesser known animals such as pink river dolphins, caimans, and leaf cutter ants. There's an excellent read aloud flow marking this a great choice for themed story times or school units on the Amazon.

The illustrations here are very colorful and packed full of things to look at and enjoy. Slightly older children will gain information from the back sections that include brief descriptions of the peoples of the Amazon, more information about the animals described, and conservation efforts. It's this additional information in conjunction with the charm and beauty of the story itself that mark this as a great resource for both classrooms and young animal lovers. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abby Connors on November 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I teach preschoolers and I'm always looking for books that can involve them in chanting or singing, to engage them more meaningfully in the story. This book has that, plus delightful illustrations, and very interesting and unusual animals to spark children's curiosity. I'd definitely recommend this book for early childhood professionals who are teaching their classes about the rainforest.
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Here's one to get them on their feet and using their bodies. Every page begins with a one word command (jump, crouch, hush, hide...) followed by which animal said it in a 4 line rhyming stanza. It teaches children about the rainforest animals and how they live. I love the map of the Amazon at the end to show where in South America it is. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the rhyming stanzas didn't have a very catchy rhythm. Not a deal breaker, but it doesn't make it a read aloud that kids will ask for again and again. However, if they are given the opportunity to act like each animal, maybe they will.
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