Sharp-eyed readers are invited to spot various animals in the Costa Rican rain forest.
Lewin, an intrepid world traveler, once again displays his skill at depicting mammals, birds and reptiles in their natural habitats. Camouflage is the unspoken theme. A toucan feeds in the trees, its rounded back visually echoed by the fruit he is feasting on. A vine snake slithers up a tree trunk, its sinuous length blending in with the branches. A spectacled caiman pokes its mottled head up from a cluster of lily pads. A howler monkey stares out from dark branches, while many feet below, a land crab skitters across the forest floor. A great potoo perches on a tree branch, its feathers perfectly emulating the texture and color of the bark. But then, surprise! A red poison dart frog is eye-poppingly visible. Simple declarative sentences encourage emerging readers to explore and, at the same time, develop a kinship for these creatures who “are still here.” Lewin uses watercolors to brilliantly showcase the play of light and dark in the dense foliage. Sunlight shimmers, shines and fades into darkness. A pictorial guide identifies each of the animals by name.
An inviting exploration of a beautiful biome for budding nature lovers. (Early reader. 2-6)