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PreSchool-Grade 3–Another variation on the familiar song, this one enumerates some of the unusual fauna of the rain forest. It not only spotlights some of the animals–marmosets, parrots, honey bears, leaf cutter ants, etc.–but also offers pertinent information on the habitat. Berkes describes the different layers of the rainforest and its importance to our global ecology, and suggests movement activities for children to act out the rhyme. The unusual and colorful illustrations are made with polymer clay and then photographed, giving them a three-dimensional look. Each spread has the text and a number on the left against a dark-green leaf background, and shows one animal family with the correct number of babies as well as several other sets of indigenous flora or fauna to count. A long double page shows all the levels of the rain forest in cross section, and children are challenged to count the animals previously encountered and now hanging on the vines and hiding underneath the trees, etc. This is a handsome book on an important subject, and it can serve as recreational reading as well as an introduction to a basic unit on the rain forest.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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"WOW! What a delightful story!! It's a treat for the eyes and a treat for the ears." --Dr. Anthony D. Fredericks, Prof. of Education, Author of over 30 children's books
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781584690924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584690924
  • ASIN: 1584690925
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When you discover a phenomenal artist who appears solely under the auspices of a single small publisher, it's like finding hidden treasure. I had that very feeling when I found the work of Jeanette Canyon a year ago. She had just finished work on "City Beats" by S. Kelly Rammell when I ran across the book and was entranced by her format. Working entirely in polymer clay, Ms. Canyon imbues her images with so much light, life, and motion that you'd swear her creations were animated stills rather than original sculptural art. Somehow, I had missed Ms. Canyon's previous collaboration with one Ms. Marianne Berkes when they came out with, "Over In the Ocean: In a Coral Reef," (which was the recipient of the Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, doncha know). As such, "Over In the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme," is very much the same deal. Having adapted that old song "Over In the Meadow" to different locales, Berkes takes a tried and true format and simply fills it to overflowing with a vast array of rainforest creatures. The result could easily have been a hashed do-over without any originality. Instead, the adaptation is smooth and seamless, the facts at the back of the book quickly correcting any misunderstandings. There are also tips on telling this book aloud for storytime, and even a step-by-step process of how Canyon creates her art. What could easily have degraded into a rote form emerges instead as lush and detailed as its tropical subject matter. Color me impressed.

The book opens as the mottled canopy of a rainforest, seen from high above, fills the interior cover. On the first two-page spread, two marmosets are swinging gaily across a soft rising sun. "Over in the jungle / Where the trees greet the sun / Lived a mother marmoset / And her marmoset one.
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What a fun and glorious time my students have had with this book. We own all the "Over in the Meadow" pattern books and I could not resist this one either. My students never tire of these books and this one was no exception. With each reading, there is a new discovery and my students can never decide which rainforest creature is their favorite. Not only is this book fiction, but the information at the back of the book has provided students with some interesting facts and was an asset in our study of the rainforest. The storybook has been inspirational as a model for our own rendition of this old and favorite poem and song.
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My 2 y.o. LOVES this book! It not a toddler book but rather for school age kids, but we love it anyway. The repetition of the song is just fun to say. My little one enjoys the pictures of the baby animals and the detail everywhere in the illustrations. Where the animals are found within the rainforest ecosystem is scientifically accurate but the number of babies each animals has is way off; so if you are using this to teach be sure to go over the last two pages that tell the real numbers of babies each creature has. This is one book I don't dread reading over and over again. It is a feast for the eyes.So amazing to look at that sometimes we just look at the pictures.

Wonderful.
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Great rhyming and great rainforest animals. My preschoolers liked it. The rhymes were within each verse/page so not anything they could repeat but still fun.

The best part is the illustrations. They are all made out of clay and photographed. The illustrator explained how and showed some of her process at the end of the book - this interested me as an adult and would be fun for older kids to look at!
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I don't sing the song - I just read the book and its great. The book is wonderfully illustrated and introduces a lot of interesting animals that can be studied in a unit on the jungle. I think the artist needs to improve a bit on her mammals, but that just might be the medium she is using - its difficult to make fur out of clay or plastic. However, all the other animals were spot on extremely good. Overall, I am very happy that I found this book.
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Every teacher needs this book. It's not just for young grades who are learning to count, but for older grades who are learning about organisms, habitats, and the animal kingdom!! It is so chalk full of information! The opportunities to use it in the classroom abound! The illustrations are amazing! The song is wonderful, and easy for children to learn, not to mention that it is a melody that many children already know. The best buy!
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Another wonderful book by Marianne Berkes and Jeanette Canyon using "Over in the Meadow" as it's meter to teach and inform children. This story is about animals living in the Rainforest. It is a rhyme and counting book filled with colorful illustrations. I sing it to my kindergarten class.
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This is an excellent book. Note, it is NOT a board book like Berkes "Over in the Ocean" book. Same fun rhyme, and excellent illustrations, but pages are paper and some toddlers will tear it up!
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