Title: A Walk in the Rain ForestA Walk in the Rain Forest
Author: Rebecca L. Johnson
Illustrator: Phyllis V. Saroff
Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 7 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★★

A Walk in the Rain Forest is part of a series of books, each of which addresses the climate, foliage, location, and animal population in the different biomes. Each book begins by describing what a biome is and providing a map of the United States with different biomes shaded in different colours. Also included in the book is a small section defining the more difficult words used in the text.

There were several things that I loved about this series. One was that there was no hint of environmentalism. The second was that it provided an abundance of photographs. Now, in most nature books, the photographs are ill lighted and very bleak looking. Such is not the case with this series – all of the photographs are sunny and happy looking.

Here are a few of the particularly interesting facts I learned from Rain Forest.

  • Rain forests are home to more than half of all the types of plants and animals that live on Earth.
  • All of the largest and most unusual butterflies live in the rain forest.
  • The fur on a sloth grows from its belly towards its back so that rainwater will run off as the sloth hangs upside down.
  • Some rain forest insects live only on certain plants. For example, azteca ants live on cecropia trees which provide them with food and shelter. The ants in turn bite and sting animals that try to eat cecropia leaves.

Conclusion. Excellent. Wonderfully educational for children.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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