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A look at Brazil's Pantanal marsh describes the various types of creatures who inhabit it, from the South American caiman, to the world's largest rodent, to storks, egrets, and herons.
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Grade 1-4-- Lewin describes ``a marsh the size of Pennsylvania'' in Brazil called the Pantanal in Portuguese, or ``big swamp.'' A one-page introduction sets the scene, describing the 85-mile road that goes straight through the area. In the following pages, realistic full-page watercolor illustrations in Lewin's trademark style offer the images along the way: colorful birds; thousands of jacare, or South American caiman; a Pantaneiro family fishing in a dugout canoe; a capybara, the world's largest rodent; and the Pantanal' s cowboys, the vaqueiros . Unfortunately, readers never actually know that the trip down this long, dusty, bumpy road has begun, so it is disconcerting to find ``It is late afternoon and we have reached the end of the road.'' Those who skip the introduction, as they might since it is unembellished and in smaller print than the text, will get only the briefest of descriptions of the many sights. Nevertheless, the uniqueness of the flora and fauna is conveyed, and Lewin's illustrations, especially those of the cowboys on the cattle drive, have strong dramatic appeal. Useful for supplemental material in geography, conservation, and ecology units. No pronunciation clues are given for the many Portuguese words. --Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, CT
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In the style of Lewin's Tiger Trek (1990), an introduction to another exotic endangered habitat: the Pantanal, a vast swamp in central Brazil. There, when the rains abate and the waters recede, travelers can observe ``logjams of jacare'' (alligator- like caiman, whose diet is mostly fish) mingling peaceably with jabiru storks and grazing cattle. Lewin also focuses on other birds, including the rare hyacinth macaw, the capybara (``He looks like a furry little hippo''), and the people of the area, especially the vaqueros who herd the rangy white cattle. The simple text offers just enough information to put Lewin's lovely, evocative watercolors in context; he uses his supple medium to capture the essence of these creatures and their homeland as no photo could. A last scene, painted with elegant economy, depicts the rain's return--``The cattle will head for the high ground, and the birds and animals disappear into the vast tranquility of their drowned land.'' A gentle portrait that makes a convincing plea for that land's preservation. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5- 10) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Lewin, Ted (illustrator). First Printing. slight tear in cover and store sticker on back. Otherwise fine. Seller Inventory # 7589
Book Description Atheneum, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0027573826
Book Description Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Lewin, Ted (illustrator). First Printing. DJ is protected by Brodart mylar. Signed by Author & Illustrator. Seller Inventory # 6795
Book Description Atheneum, 1992. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0027573826