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The Rainforest Grew All Around Hardcover – April 30, 2007

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Large, brilliantly colored paintings offer close-up views of plants and animals in the rain forest, and the main text revises the lyrics of the traditional song, "The Green Grass Grew All Around," adapting the words to feature a rain-forest setting. The use of generic names for the animals makes singing easier, with phrases such as "And by the frog / there sat a bird . . . / the funniest bird / that you ever did see. / The bird by the frog, / and the frog in the plant, / and the plant by the sloth . . ." Meanwhile, accompanying sidebars extend the lyrics with information and better identify some of the animals: the bird is a toucan, the frog is a poison dart frog, and the ant is a leaf-cutter ant. The appended activities section offers matching games and a recipe for cookies using ingredients that originate in the rain forest. Teachers looking for a rain-forest book that invites participation will want to sing this one aloud, as they share the striking illustrations with their classes. Phelan, Carolyn

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Teachers looking for a rainforest book that invites participation will want to sing this one aloud, as they share the striking illustrations with their classes. --Booklist

Brilliant. That's what this science book for young children is ... Excellent. --The Virginian-Pilot

Filled with beautiful illustrations and lyrical text, The Rainforest Grew All Around is an excellent resource to introduce children to the wonders of rainforests, an important step in teaching children to be good stewards of Planet Earth. --Rainforest Alliance
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arbordale Publishing (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976882361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976882367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The Rainforest Grew All Around

Yum, a rainforest cookie recipe, informative sidebars, and luscious illustrations, make this lovely book a keeper! The text by author Susan K. Mitchell is a cumulative rhyme that takes the reader through life in the rainforest from giant trees to tiny insects and frogs. It highlights both plants and animals.

Connie McLennan's illustrations are both rich and informative. Children will enjoy the variations of subject and texture in the paintings, perhaps discovering small plants and insects not mentioned in the text. The book is a marvelous blend of text and illustration. Besides the recipe there are two matching games at the back. The verse is adapted from the old English cumulative folk song, "The Tree In The Wood." Children ages 3 to 7 will delight in this book, which will be enjoyed for years to come in both home and classroom libraries.
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Sylvan Dell Publishing has provided yet another great educational tool with The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell, illustrated by Connie McLennan. The main text of this colorful children's book tells the cycle of creation of a rainforest, from seed to seed. This part of the story is meant to be sung to the tune of "The Green Grass Grows All Around." Colorful illustrations of different aspects of rainforest life highlight each verse. In addition, the main text is bordered with sidebars full of more in-depth information about the rainforest features each verse introduces.

As in all Sylvan Dell books, the story is followed up with engaging activities. There are several matching games, thoughtful questions, and a recipe for Rainforest Cookies. The activity pages can be downloaded from the Sylvan Dell website for easy use. The Rainforest Grew All Around can be a springboard for discussion with children about other life cycles and ecosystems, as it will inevitably pique their interest.

The author, Susan K. Mitchell, is a preschool teacher inspired to write the story by her class's reaction to the "Green Grass" song. She is the author of Stone Pizza, a modern take on the Stone Soup tale and Kersplatypus, a future Sylvan Dell release.

Connie McLennan created the beautiful illustrations in the picture book, and has illustrated various other Sylvan Dell releases, including Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean and Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud.

Armchair Interviews says: Colorful and engaging--intended for children ages four to eight.
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The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K Mitchell and Illustrated by Connie McLennan is a rewrite of the classic cumulative song The Green Grass Grew All Around using animals and plants from the rainforest.

This is a terrific version of the song and the text sings well. The pictures are lush and exciting and there's also more information which can be read by students who are reading the book independently. My students enjoy this book.

I recommend this book for kids 5-9
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I used this book in the classroom (4th) as a model for students to write about a habitat of their choosing. Students researched facts and then worked collaboratively with others researching the same habitat (we had 6 different habitats altogether) to write their poem/song using the format in this book. Students then wrote interesting facts, and planned illustrations. The final task was to put it all together and publish their own book. We used "bare" books. This is one writing project that ALL students were excited about and eager to work on! They kept coming to me to show off their work. While they are working, I can hear them quietly singing the songs that they wrote for their habitat.
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My 7 year old daughter loved this book. It has a cute story that my daughter liked, although the repetition is a little tedious for adults. She really enjoyed all the facts that are on every page. Her teacher actually borrowed it to read to the class.
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Young ones will love the rhyming and repetition in this book...."and the rainforest grew all around, all around." My 5 and 6 year old grandsons love this book. They pick it out of their book selves for me to share with them.
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Great way to teach an understanding of how trees and plants grow from seeds while also gaining an understanding of some rainforest animals. Through the repetition children very quickly remember the story.
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This book follows the catchy tune of The Green Grass Grew All Around (you'll be singing it for the rest of the day) but names a series of rainforest plants and animals, illustrating the way they are all connected and depend on one another. Each new item was only a few lines, so this is a good read once you already know a little but about the rainforest. Bonus chocolate chip cookie recipe at the end was delicious!
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