LOOKING CLOSELY IN THE RAIN FOREST by Frank Serafini

LOOKING CLOSELY IN THE RAIN FOREST

From the "Looking Closely" series
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Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

“Look very closely. What do you see? Sand dunes? Pussy willow? What could it be?” Following the pattern of others in the series (Looking Closely Along the Shore, 2008, etc.), this guessing game for the very young asks readers to choose what the close-up image in a small circle on the opposing page might represent. The next two pages show the big picture, along with two paragraphs of additional information. From squirrel monkey to spiny-tailed iguana, bananas to bamboo, the selection of animals, plants, fruits and flowers is intriguing. Although there is a red-eyed tree frog, other subjects will be a surprise. Unfortunately, there is no explanation of what a rainforest is, and the options suggested by his lead-in questions have no particular relevance to rainforest ecosystems. Except for two images, identified on the cataloging page, the author-photographer provides no information about when and where he took his pictures. Even for a read-aloud, this is of dubious value. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-55337-543-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Kids Can
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2010