Splitter, splat, splash! While they sleep, the forest fills with the sounds of the night creatures. Sloop! A silky anteater slurps up thousands of ants. Flap flap! A bat bites a fig. Hssss. A snake thrusts its tongue to taste the air. The air carries the taste of mouse. Everywhere night creatures with huge bright eyes slither and slurp through the darkness.
Come explore the rain forest!
A downpour wakes the creatures of the rain forest. Howler monkeys roar and drink the water that drips from nearby leaves. Birds with rainbow beaks fly in search of shelter. A poison dart frog finds a tiny pool where her tadpoles can grow. In a place that gets twenty feet of rain a year, it is a way of life.
Vibrant, colorful collages and an inviting text take young readers on an exhilarating tour of the tropical rain forest.
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Brenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including Cactus Hotel, Spoonbill Swamp, Moon Bear and Disasters. As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writer―her dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary school, and she volunteered in his class and in the school library. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for children that would be like a field trip. Her books are full of well-researched detail, and Brenda sees this research as an adventure―one that allows her to be a jungle explorer at last. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Steve Jenkins is the acclaimed illustrator or author/illustrator of numerous books, including The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest, which received the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his family.Review:
“Vivid, engrossing slice of life.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The attractive volume transports readers into the steamy, humid depths of a habitat where ticks and moths live in the fur of a sloth and azteca ants and aphids work in tandem, devouring tree trunks for nourishment.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Vibrant words and sensory impressions bring the creatures' noisy cacophony and slithering, swooping motions up close, while gracefully incorporated facts convey a surprising amount of information about basic survival.” ―Booklist, starred review
“The present-tense narrative offers action-packed and animal-crammed descriptions of the residents' doings, livened up by onomatopoeic exclamations that evoke the sounds of the teeming biosystem. The muted greens and gray-blues of the cut-and-torn-paper collages recall the damp, dim warmth of the downpour under the canopy, and the positioning of focal points in foreground and background space deepens each prospect and highlights luxurious textural details.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Both Guiberson's text and Jenkin's pictures are similarly packed with detail, capturing the relationships among plants, animals, and the environment that support and sustain life.” ―Horn Book
“This eye-catching picture book transports readers to a tropical rain forest. . . .Effective use of onomatopoeia further enhances the narrative with forest sounds. Jenkins uses his signature collage style to bring this realm alive for viewers.” ―School Library Journal
“Guiberson's nicely paced test is packed with information. . . . Jenkins' colorful and informative collage illustrations are a perfect compliment to the text.” ―Scripps-Howard syndication
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Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0805065822
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110805065822
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0805065822 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1312274