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WE’RE ROAMING IN THE RAINFOREST by Laurie Krebs

WE’RE ROAMING IN THE RAINFOREST

An Amazon Adventure

By Laurie Krebs (Author) , Anne Wilson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84686-331-8
Publisher: Barefoot

Three children exploring the Amazon River forest between dawn and dusk encounter a wide variety of animals that describe their customary activities in rhyming couplets, each beginning with an appropriate verb. “ ‘Snooze,’ yawn the sloths, all ready to doze. / ‘We’ll nap in the trees as we cling by our toes.’ ” The text is set in a quirky but legible type against Wilson’s lively background illustrations, created with printed papers, printing ink and acrylic paints. Appropriately, the children (black, brown and white) are dwarfed by the scenery. These busy, colorful pictures emphasize the lush plant life, and the animals are easily identifiable. Following the poem, nine pages of endnotes include a roughly accurate map and description of the Amazon rainforest, three examples of indigenous peoples—the Matis, the Yanomami and the Ribereños (more properly a mixture of peoples)—conservation issues and short descriptions of the 14 animals mentioned. Brenda Z. Guiberson’s Rain, Rain, Rain Forest, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (2004), provides a more informative introduction, but this cheerful addition to Krebs’s travel series will be welcomed in storytimes. (Informational picture book. 4-7)