Sunday, April 15, 2012
We're Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson. Follow along from sunrise to sunset as parrots squawk, monkeys chatter, sloths doze, caimans snap, and jaguars growl in one of the most magical places on earth: the Amazon Rainforest! We've had this book for a few months now, and my son absolutely loves it. He is obsessed with animals at the moment, so loves learning about some of the exotic creatures that call the Amazon home. My daughter is always fascinated by the bold, colorful illustrations and can't wait to spot the animals on each page. Among (many) other things, I love that she and my son are both so engaged while we read it. (It's not always easy to find books that appeal equally to 4 year olds and 20 month olds!) We especially love learning about some of the lesser known rainforest animals that are featured in this book, such as pink river dolphins and giant river otters. Did you know that poison dart frogs are smaller than your thumb nail, or that green iguanas can grow to be six feet long? I didn't, either, until I read this story. Like so many of our favorite books, We're Roaming in the Rainforest features all kinds of fabulous educational extras once the story itself has ended. The endnotes cover a range of topics, including the peoples and native tribes of the Amazon, the role of the rainforest as a vital global resource, conservation efforts, and interesting facts about each of the animals featured in the book. And, of course, there is a map! You can see why this book is so great now, right? It's fun to read, teaches us all kinds of new things, and appeals to kids of all ages. What's not to love? If you're looking for a book to read with your child or class this Earth Day, this is one we highly recommend.