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The rain forest is filled with the sounds of the echoing jungle drum, dripping water, and the many animals talking
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Ages 3-6. A cacophony of animal noises creates a jungle symphony that is perfect for reading aloud and audience participation. The distant beating of drums floats through a jungle so quiet the animals can "hear the sound of trees growing." Then, little by little, the creatures join in, with musical revelry heard in the "blip" and "blop" of water drops, the screeching of parrots, the growling of jaguars, and the snorting of wild boars. Swan's textured, cut-paper animals stay cleverly in the background, peeking out of the lush vines and trees, so as not to upstage the sounds that make this onomatopoeic book so much fun. A rehash of the animals and their noises nicely rounds out the last spread. -- Kathleen Squires/Booklist-March 1999
If you're a children's librarian looking for a good story with lots of sounds kids can make and great pictures, this title is for you. Susan Swan's cut-paper illustrations are colorful and detailed. She brings the jungle and its creatures alive. Deanna Wundrow's text incorporates jungle animals and the sounds they make together. From the jungle drum "ba-da-doom" to the jaguar's "grrr-r-r-r-rhh," kids will love to imitate the sounds. Storytime will be a wild jungle adventure. The book includes an author/illustrator page in which the author and illustrator explain the inspiration and technique involved in creating the book. -- Audra D. Osodrio/Highlands Regional Library Cooperative Book Evaluation Program/May 1999
Talk about read-aloud!...extraordinary, colorful cut-paper illustrations decorate the pages of the book. The paper is layered, creating a sense of depth in the pictures. -- Science Books and Films, March/April 1999
PreSchool-Grade 2-The rain-forest animals are quiet as they listen to the jungle drum. When the beat stops, they slowly fill the silence with their own calls and cries. Insects, frogs, monkeys, and parrots add their sounds to the crescendo before the instrument resumes its song. Then they stop to listen again. Swan layers her cut-paper illustrations to provide a sense of the density and richness of the tropical environment. At first glance, one can glimpse some animals, but closer inspection often reveals additional creatures. Rebecca Emberley's Jungle Sounds (Little, Brown, 1989; o.p.) is similar in the use of cut-paper illustrations and in the concentration on sound. Emberley's straightforward presentation of animals and corresponding sounds will satisfy preschoolers while Jungle Drum could hold the attention of older children as well. The text lacks the rhythmic fun of Gail Jorgensen's Crocodile Beat (Aladdin, 1994). Adults who read Wundrow's text aloud may long for a bit of verbal pizzazz to engage their listeners. The illustrations will have to capture their interest.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 1999. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110761312706