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The Rainforest Grew All Around Hardcover – April 30, 2007
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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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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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used this book during my equator themed study. The text can be read or sung to teach the qualities and importance of the Rainforest.Published 1 month ago by M. Flinn
An excellent book for kids. A great way to teach them early on about the importance of wild places, particularly the Amazon forest.Published 8 months ago by Eddie
Great book which I use in my classroom when we are learning about the rainforest.Published 11 months ago by N. P. Gorden
Just received this book. Am anxious to share it with my 3 yr. old granddaughter. The pictures and the rhyming verse will totally capture her attention!Published 16 months ago by Carolyn S. Cecil
I think it is too much money for not much book but try to find more on the rainforest. Almost impossible!Published 18 months ago by Linda Poston